Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor to President Joe Biden who has been critical of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, will leave his position as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement next month and become a consultant to the Democrat National Committee, as well as take up work in the private sector, Fox News reported Tuesday.
Richmond is one of only a few top Biden advisers to leave the administration during his tenure, so far.
“I am thrilled that the President has entrusted me with helping boost the robust work already being done at the DNC to make sure that Democrats grow their majorities in the House and Senate, and increase the number of Democratic governors in state capitals around the country,” Richmond said in a statement on Tuesday.
His departure comes just one day after reports that he called members of the progressive “squad” in the House “f–king idiots” after the 2020 election, as quoted in a soon-to-be-released book.
New book is making waves
Richmond, a former congressman from Louisiana, reportedly made the comment about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Excerpts from This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by New York Times correspondents Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin have been making waves in Washington.
According to the book, Biden adviser Steve Ricchetti also criticized “the Squad” to one of his allies in Washington, saying that the “problem with the left is they don’t understand that they lost.”
Judging from the viewpoints espoused by Biden and his administration, it would seem that the progressives are very much in charge of Biden’s policies and decisions, however.
Biden’s progressive agenda
What Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could not accomplish when he failed to gain the party’s nomination in 2020, it seems that he forced through by making deals with Biden in exchange for his support.
Biden famously pledged to work with Sanders in order to settle the nomination and give more time for campaigning, and it seems like Sanders has been getting everything he wants (at least, Biden has been trying) since.
With Biden’s poll numbers dropping like a stone and congressional Democrats not far behind, it seems obvious that a pivot away from progressive policies would be warranted.
But Richmond’s departure takes away one of the few more moderate voices Biden had in his orbit, so we shouldn’t hold our collective breath that Biden will be making any moves toward the center any time soon.