Extreme what? White House mocks Hatch Act restric­tions while warn­ing of shut­down

White House offi­cials made fun of an ethics law restrict­ing their lan­guage dur­ing a call warn­ing against a gov­ern­ment shut­down.
Biden admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials are send­ing repeat­ed warn­ings about an “extreme Repub­li­can shut­down” that could begin this week­end. Miss­ing from the warn­ing is the term “MAGA,” which was rolled out last sum­mer and used exten­sive­ly in the midterm elec­tions.
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“We’re not allowed to actu­al­ly use the ‘M’ word here in the White House right now,” senior advis­er Ani­ta Dunn said on a call with reporters and Demo­c­ra­t­ic boost­ers. “But every­one here knows what I mean: It’s a four-let­ter word, begins with M, ends with A. It’s got an A‑G in the mid­dle.”
“Those peo­ple are the ones who are refus­ing to do their job and shut­ting the gov­ern­ment down for no rea­son,” Dunn con­tin­ued.
Dunn is a Demo­c­ra­t­ic mes­sag­ing guru who played a key role in coin­ing the term “MAGA Repub­li­cans” fol­low­ing a six-month study. Biden railed against “ultra-MAGA Repub­li­cans” end­less­ly ahead of last year’s midterm elec­tions, and his par­ty out­per­formed expec­ta­tions in Novem­ber.
Biden is an elect­ed offi­cial and free to make polit­i­cal state­ments. How­ev­er, staff mem­bers such as Dunn, who co …