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Sen. Kennedy Apologizes for Calling Haaland a 'Whack Job'

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 25 February 2021 02:05 PM

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Thursday apologized for calling Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Interior Department nominee, a "whack job," reports Politico.

"I apologize. I was searching for a word for extremist, which I think is more neutral," Kennedy told reporters. "And I should have said extremist. I never should have said whack job."

In fact, Kennedy reportedly also misspoke about which nominee he had called a "whack job," according to Politico, originally mentioning Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden.

It is not the first time Kennedy has referred to women as "whack jobs."

He made the same comment in 2019 about the four minority women congresswomen attacked in tweets by former President Donald Trump.

Editors note: Newsmax had originally attributed Kennedy's remarks at having been made at Tanden.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Thursday apologized for calling Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Interior Department nomine, a "whack job," reports Politico.
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