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John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he's already ruffling Republican feathers.
In a profile published late Tuesday by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana.
"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," said Podesta of what Obama's White House team faces. Jonestown was the informal name of the settlement founded by Jones and his American followers.
Obama adviser sorry for comparing GOP to Jonestown cult
Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of White House counselor John Podesta for comparing the House Republicans to Jonestown cult. Podesta was named to the post just one week earlier.
The Jonestown Massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 900 people who drank poisoned Kool-Aid in 1978 at the direction of cult leader Jim Jones in a South American Jungle.
Podesta told Politico that "[White House officials] 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."
Rep. Scalise Calls for Obama to Fire Podesta 'Immediately' for 'Jonestown' Comparison
There seems to be an epidemic of people not self-censoring of late.
Soon statements like this and the rants of people like Bashir and Shultz will be perfectly acceptable.
Kind of like casual swearing.
...John Podesta is attempting to "apologize" for that snide remark he made the other day comparing the GOP majority in the House to the famous Jonestown Cult...
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He's only sorry that the comparison didn't go over well.
The man still believes it.
It'll be interesting to watch his tenure in the administration. Ms. Jarrett has more influence than most people realize and I don't believe she'll take to well to the internal power struggles that might arise because of his presence.
Either way, it'll be fun to watch.
In July 2012, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a High-Level Panel to advise on the global-development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta served on the panel, and in this video discusses the panel’s recommendations to eradicate poverty and transform world economies through sustainable development.
John Podesta on the U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda (video)