A new book alleges that President Joe Biden is fed up with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and her so-called “squad” and that a well-placed member of the administration once referred to them as “f*cking idiots.”
The book, which is being published by a pair of New York Times reporters, writes that White House Office of Public Engagement director and senior adviser Cedric Richmond referred to two prominent members of “the Squad” as “f—ing idiots.”
An excerpt of the new book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” by Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, obtained by Fox News, writes that Richmond, a former House member, made the comments about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., to a friend.
According to the soon-to-be-released book, Richmond was the most vocal of President Biden’s advisers who were preparing for a progressive party mutiny. He blasted the Democrats’ left-wing for misreading the 2020 campaign results and not having political savviness in a phone call to a Louisiana ally after his appointment was announced.
Richmond had been targeted by the progressive activist group the Sunrise Movement over his fossil fuel industry ties and was not too happy with Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and the other “Squad” members, going as far as to call them “f—ing idiots.”
Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti also had words for “the Squad,” albeit less harsh than Richmond, telling a Capitol Hill Biden ally that the “problem with the left is they don’t understand that they lost.”
Ricchetti’s remarks came as progressives targeted both Democrats and Republicans over the COVID stimulus bills, viewing them as not giving enough money to citizens and criticizing the lack of funds going to state governments.
The reporters’ new book also delves into first lady Jill Biden’s frustration with Vice President Kamala Harris being tapped for the position after attacking Biden in the 2019 Democratic primary debates.
“‘There are millions of people in the United States,’ she began, according to the book. “‘Why,’ she asked, ‘do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe,'” the authors wrote of a conversation Jill Biden had after she learned Harris became a leading candidate to serve as Biden’s running mate.
Several from Biden’s inner circle, however, supported Harris on the ticket. Ron Klain, now the White House chief of staff, had been tasked with vetting vice presidential candidates and, according to the book, told Biden early on that Harris was the most qualified for the job as she had sought the presidency herself.
It is recordings obtained and released by the authors for the same book that recently have found House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in hot water with the GOP over his apparently lying about asking President Trump to resign in the wake of Jan. 6.
“I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign,” McCarthy explained what he would tell Trump in the Jan. 10, 2021, audio recording published by the Times, referring to the impeachment resolution.
The damning recording had Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., denounce McCarthy as “a liar and a traitor.”
“Kevin McCarthy is a liar and a traitor,” Warren told co-anchor Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about the recording.
“This is outrageous. And that is really the illness that pervades the Republican leadership right now, that they say one thing to the American public and something else in private,” she continued.
According to the recording, the Republican leader said that it was not likely that Trump would listen to his suggestion and that nobody can defend Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 “and nobody should defend it.”
However, McCarthy and Trump reportedly spoke on the phone after the audio leaked and remain on good terms, a source with knowledge of the conversation confirmed to Fox News.