Joe Biden doesn’t take defeat well (unless, of course, it’s in Afghanistan, and then he declares it a historic victory). The White House announced earlier today through state media that they’re finally euthanizing the David Chipman nomination to head the ATF. In a just-released statement from the White House, Old Joe blames Republicans for Chipman’s stinging defeat.
It’s also curious that the Oval Office occupant doesn’t mention the bipartisan nature of the opposition to his nominee. The reason the Democrats don’t have the votes needed to install a registered gun control lobbyist in the top seat at ATF is because as many as four non-Republicans couldn’t stomach the thought of voting for Chipman either.
At least three Democrats (Manchin, Sinema, and Tester) and one independent (King, who caucuses with the Dems) have either quietly opposed the nomination or signaled that they do with their silence when asked. Schumer’s known for weeks that he didn’t have the votes despite having effective control of the Senate. Someone on the hill finally impressed that fact on the White House.
Here’s what is ostensibly the President’s delusional statement on the defeat. Enjoy.
David Chipman spent 25 years in distinguished service to our country as an ATF agent. He’s a gun owner himself, and someone who has the backing of law enforcement groups. And, he’s spent most of last decade as a leading voice for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that will save lives. He would have been an exemplary Director of the ATF and would have redoubled its efforts to crack down on illegal firearms traffickers and help keep our communities safe from gun violence.
Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks.
They even unanimously opposed the Rescue Plan, which has given cities and states $350 billion that they can use to put more cops on the beat so that they can really know the neighborhoods they patrol, and invest in proven community anti-violence programs – among other uses. While my administration has worked to strengthen law enforcement and crack down on gun crime, Republicans have opposed us at every turn.
We knew this wouldn’t be easy – there’s only been one Senate-confirmed ATF Director in the Bureau’s history – but I have spent my entire career working to combat the scourge of gun violence, and I remain deeply committed to that work. Since taking office, my Administration has taken numerous steps to combat gun violence, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to fight gun violence and keep Americans safe. I am grateful for Mr. Chipman’s service and for his work.