Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, reporters for The New York Times, continue to make headlines as excerpts of their forthcoming book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, continue to reveal juicy tidbits from behind the scenes in the White House.
According to Business Insider, the latest tea to spill from the soon-to-be-released book concerns a threat leveled against top White House aides by President Joe Biden himself, in which he warned them that if any negative stories about Vice President Kamala Harris should leak to the press, they’d lose their jobs.
The warning, which came as sort of an all-hands meeting with top White House aides, came in the wake of a number of damaging stories about the dysfunction inside of Harris’ office — reports that were published by traditionally Biden admin-friendly media outlets, like Politico.
“Biden gathered his senior staff to the Oval Office, and told them he would let them go if they leaked such stories about Harris, according to the book,” Insider reported.
“No one was more frustrated by the leaks than Joe Biden. The president had known many of Harris’s shortcomings when he chose her to be his running mate, but he was defensive of her and irritated by the unsightly drama spilling into view,” the two Times reporters wrote.
Perhaps one of the most telling excerpts from the upcoming book is that Jill Biden was reportedly extremely unhappy with the idea of selecting then Sen. Kamala Harris as her husband’s running mate, as Fox News reported.
“‘There are millions of people in the United States,’ she began. ‘Why,’ she asked, ‘do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe,'” the two authors wrote, learning of a conversation that Jill Biden had during the veep selection process.
Of course, she was referring to Harris’ brutal primary debate attacks in which she literally painted then-candidate Joe Biden as an old, white racist man, only later for him to become her boss.
So far, it’s unclear whether or not the White House plans on commenting on the numerous insider stories published in the book.