The “do as I say, not as I do” tendency so commonly observed among Democrats has apparently reared its head yet again in a new staffing controversy to hit the White House.
According to Fox News, five administration staffers have been dismissed from their jobs and dozens subjected to other personnel actions due to their past use of marijuana, a move that has attracted claims of hypocrisy given the fact that just last year, Vice President Kamala Harris freely admitted her own prior experience with the drug.
The firings also raised eyebrows because personnel policies at the White House had recently been adjusted so that prior marijuana use would not serve as an automatic bar to employment, a move done in acknowledgment of the fact that pot is legal in certain parts of the country, though its use remains unlawful under federal statute, as NPR noted.
According to Forbes, those seeking positions in the Biden administration were asked about prior marijuana use during the application process, but were assured that such conduct would be overlooked. However, numerous staffers were subsequently informed that they would have to resign or be put into a remote work program as a result of their admissions.
A frustrated former staffer lamented to The Daily Beast, “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”
The personnel moves are particularly curious in light of Harris’ own 2020 appearance on popular urban radio program The Breakfast Club in which she was asked if she had ever personally partaken in the drug. “I have, and I inhaled,” she replied.
Harris went on to explain her belief that marijuana use “gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy,” as Fox News further noted, also making reference to her Jamaican heritage in an apparent attempt to portray her own pot use as somehow culturally inevitable.
As Forbes noted, reaction across the Twitterverse to the human resources revelation was swift and pointed, with Discourse Blog founder Jack Mirkinson saying the Biden administration’s decision was “the dumbest possible thing, but it’s also exactly the kind of thing the government of an old man who spent decades leading the drug war would do.”
While this episode represents a somewhat amusing example of elites engaging in their usual game of “rules for thee, but not for me,” perhaps it will at least help a few young liberals open their eyes to the double standards their political heroes are so frequently fond of imposing.