Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke
On Friday, January 15th President-Elect Joe Biden named former Obama administration staffer Anita Dunn as the senior advisor for the incoming administration.
Anita Dunn served as White House Communications Director to former President Barack Obama but resigned from her position in 2009 after an unfortunate clip of rather questionable comments she once made surfaced on Fox News, according to The Epoch Times.
During an address to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal High School in Washington, Dunn made references to the former Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
“The third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa—not often coupled with each other, but the two people I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you’re going to make choices; you’re going to challenge; you’re going to say, ‘Why not?’; you’re going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before,” she had said.
According to The Epoch Times, after the clip of her remarks surfaced, Dunn said it was an attempt at irony which fell flat.
Despite these comments, the Biden-Harris transition team cited Dunn’s, “decades of experience managing and winning political and advocacy campaigns and advising our nation’s leaders…”
In addition to being named Senior Advisor for the Biden Administration, the veteran Democrat staffer was also made co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition team in September of last year, was chief strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and went on to become the White House Communications Director. In 2012 she helped Obama prepare for the presidential debates.
She also worked in a handful of roles in and out of government for former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley,” according to the transition team.
The New York Times has also reported that Harvey Weinstein allegedly reached out to her for advice in dealing with sexual allegations made against him. Dunn offered the disgraced movie mogul free advice and strategy to fend off media scrutiny.