Long-time Clinton hand John Podesta is in trouble with Republicans just days after joining the Obama White House, after he described the House GOP as a “cult worthy of Jonestown.”
The comment apparently was made this past fall, but was first reported Tuesday in Politico. Jonestown is the Guyana cult colony where, in 1978, a member of Congress was killed. Nearly 1,000 people died in what was described as a mass suicide days later.
The Jonestown remark pertained to Podesta’s advice to the administration about using executive power.
“They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” Podesta was quoted as saying.
The former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton apologized shortly after the quote made the rounds on social media and drew outrage from Republicans.
“In an old interview, my snark got in front of my judgment. I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected,” Podesta, now a counselor to the Obama White House, said on Twitter.
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