Biden Nominee’s Deleted Tweets ‘Raise Serious Concerns’ About Fitness to Serve, GOP Senator Says
BY THE DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION July 16, 2021
President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the top federal housing deleted several tweets disparaging law enforcement and Republicans, the Senate Banking Committee’s ranking member said.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey urged Julia Gordon, who President Joe Biden nominated to lead the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), to assist him in recovering her deleted tweets in a letter sent Thursday and obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Using an online archive tool, GOP Banking Committee staff have already recovered some tweets that “raise serious concerns” about Gordon’s fitness for office, Toomey wrote.
“As the Senate evaluates nominees’ fitness for senior leadership positions across the Federal government, it’s important the public has a full picture of one’s policy views, judgment, and character,” Ranking Member Toomey told the DCNF in a statement. “A nominee’s past public statements matter and a nominee should not be able to avoid scrutiny by merely clicking a button marked ‘delete.’”
In the letter, Toomey noted tweets in which Gordon labeled Capitol Hill Republicans “shameless” for opposing certain liberal housing policies and advocated for lenders to take “anti-racist” stances. Gordon also tweeted comments denigrating states in the South, saying “[p]ractically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country” and that winning elections there “is not worth the ideological cost for Democrats.”
Tweets recovered by Toomey’s staff appeared to show Gordon attacking elected Republicans including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul. In one deleted tweet, Gordon said a fly that landed on former Vice President Mike Pence’s head was his “only black friend.”
Gordon additionally retweeted a post describing police officers as “the people killing us,” the Pennsylvania senator wrote. She then retweeted a separate post calling for dismantling the “four hundred years of personal and structural racism” in the U.S.