Tanden’s nomination has been met with anger by both Republicans and Democrats. While the former have criticised her for her support of the Steele dossier, which claimed Trump had colluded with Russia to influence the results of the 2016 presidential election, the latter have faulted Tanden with her opposition to Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.
Another blow has been dealt to Joe Biden’s pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget as it was revealed that Neera Tanden had reportedly physically attacked a journalist when she was working for Hillary Clinton. The alleged incident occurred in 2008 when Hillary was running for president, and it was reported by The New York Times last year. According to the newspaper, Tanden was accompanying Clinton to an interview with ThinkProgress, a liberal news website run by the Center for American Progress, which Tanden has been heading since 2011.
During the interview, ThinkProgress’ then-chief editor, Faiz Shakir, asked Clinton about her support for the 2002 resolution that authorised the use of military force against Iraq, a military campaign that claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people. According to The New York Times, which cited a person present in the room, Tanden rushed to Shakir after the interview and punched him in the chest.
Last year, when Shakir was working on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Tanden addressed the issue and said she did…