Former Trump official Kellyanne Conway is one of several officials who was appointed to military academy boards when he was in office that President Joe Biden has asked to step down or be removed.
In a tweet where she included a letter that she wrote in response to a letter that she received from the president, Conway insisted, “President Biden, I’m not resigning, but you should.”
Conway said in her letter that Biden is attempting to use the firings as a distraction and that it seems “petty and political, if not personal.”
“Three former Directors of Presidential Personnel inform me that this request is a break from political norms,” Conway explained.
Conway called it an “honor to serve on the Board of Visitors to the United States Air Force Academy” and touted Trump’s successes in the deaths of terrorists like al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani, while admonishing Biden for the deaths of the 13 U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
President Biden, I'm not resigning, but you should. pic.twitter.com/HuRYM4bLYP— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 8, 2021
Twitter verified liberals hurriedly descended on the tweet and attempted to put Conway in her perceived place.
Writer Michael Marshall Smith complained, “My only problem with Biden kicking you people out on your ass is it gives you a chance to rise back into our minds, zombie-like. We had enough of you for four years. Go.”
My only problem with Biden kicking you people out on your ass is it gives you a chance to rise back into our minds, zombie-like. We had enough of you for four years. Go.— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) September 8, 2021
Others, like HuffPost staff writer David Moye shared a screenshot of a quote she made from when the media was hounding her about whether or not Trump appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would continue in his position.
Moye mocked, “B-b-but didn’t you say back in 2017 that everyone serves at the pleasure of the president?”
Obviously, however, that position is a different type of appointment and doesn’t come with a standard length of term.
Business Insider reported:
The former officials getting the boot for those boards before the end of their three-year terms include former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and Lt. Col. Doug McGregor among others.
“The president’s objective is what any president’s objective is, was to ensure you have nominees and people serving on these boards who are qualified to serve on them and who are aligned with your values,” Psaki said in her daily briefing. “And so yes, that was an ask that was made. I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified or not political to serve on these boards.”
Board members typically include lawmakers, alumni and retired officers whose role is to supervise the academy’s leadership in training and educating future military officers. These appointees are not expected to be apolitical, but the Trump administration stretched the norms of these boards and other advisory boards with droves of last-minute appointments.
A number of the booted board members are already pushing back.
Russell Vought, the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Trump, tweeted, “No. It’s a three year term” in response to the letter he received from Catherine Russell, director of the personnel office, asking him to resign from the board of visitors at the US Naval Academy by 6pm Wednesday or be removed.
Another Trump appointee to the Naval Academy visitor’s board, John Coale, told Politico he was also axed and was “pissed off” about it.
Meghan Mobbs, a Trump appointee to the West Point Board and an Afghanistan veteran, shot back at the White House in a statement posted to Twitter.
“I find this whole act unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern. President Biden ran on a supposed platform of unity but his actions speak directly to the contrary. Apparently, unity is only for those who conform.”
Insider reported in August that more than 40 Trump administration appointees who currently sit on other prominent federal boards and commissions, like the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, the US Holocaust Memorial Council, and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition have spread baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election or participated in and backed efforts to overturn it.
Other well-known ex-Trump officials and allies serving on those boards include Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Andrew Giuliani, Ohio House candidate Max Miller, and Matt Schlapp.Read the original article on Business Insider
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