President Joe Biden is not only watching as the United States collapses from inflation, high gas prices, and shortages, his own White House is also collapsing.
Black staffers are leaving in droves, in something they have dubbed “Blaxit” which sounds similar to the “Blexit” campaign but is not the same.
A minimum of 21 black staffers have left Biden’s White House since last year or are planning to leave, politico reported.
The first big exit came in December, when Kamala Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders announced she was leaving, ultimately for a gig at MSNBC. Since then, Harris senior aides Tina Flournoy, Ashley Etienne, Vincent Evans, and public engagement head Cedric Richmond have left.
Public engagement aide Carissa Smith, gender policy aide Kalisha Dessources Figures, National Security Council senior director Linda Etim, digital engagement director Cameron Trimble, associate counsel Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, chief of staff Ron Klain advisers Elizabeth Wilkins and Niyat Mulugheta, press assistant Natalie Austin, National Economic Council aides Joelle Gamble and Connor Maxwell, and presidential personnel aides Danielle Okai, Reggie Greer and Rayshawn Dyson have all departed too. Deputy White House counsel Danielle Conley and Council of Economic Advisers aide Sahara Griffin are among others planning to leave in the coming weeks, according to White House officials.
“I have heard about an exodus of Black staffers from the White House — ‘Blaxit’ — and I am concerned,” Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President Spencer Overton, said. “Black voters accounted for 22 percent of President Biden’s voters in November 2020. It is essential that Black staffers are not only recruited to serve in senior, mid-level, and junior White House positions but are also included in major policy and personnel decisions and have opportunities for advancement.”
A White House staffer hit back at those claims and said that around 14 percent of the current White House staff identify as black.
“The president is incredibly proud to have built what continues to be the most diverse White House staff in history, and he is committed to continuing historic representation for Black staff and all communities,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “This is a normal time for turnover across the board in any administration and Black staff have been promoted at a higher rate than staff who are not diverse.”
And now sources are saying that White House chief of staff Ron Klain is set to leave the administration, Business Insider reported.
Citing multiple sources who spoke anonymously, NBC reports that one person heard Klain speaking of his potential departure. Klain worked as President Barack Obama’s White House Ebola response coordinator and also previously served as chief of staff to former vice president Al Gore. He also was chief of staff to then-Vice President Joe Biden during the first two years of the Obama administration.
If Klain leaves his role in the Biden White House, which he has held since the start of the administration, potential successors include Anita Dunn, who rejoined the White House earlier this month and has been part of the president’s inner circle for years.
And this week it was reported that President Biden is furious with his aides for running to the media to explain his comments again and again and finds it undermining.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said to The Daily Wire that the reports of his frustrations are untrue and that “As we’ve said before, no clarifications of the President’s remarks are ever issued without his direct approval.”
But NBC originally reported:
Faced with a worsening political predicament, President Joe Biden is pressing aides for a more compelling message and a sharper strategy while bristling at how they’ve tried to stifle the plain-speaking persona that has long been one of his most potent assets.
Biden is rattled by his sinking approval ratings and is looking to regain voters’ confidence that he can provide the sure-handed leadership he promised during the campaign, people close to the president said.
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