It seems that Kamala Harris isn’t the only toxic office in the White House. New reports claim the First Lady’s office also has a toxic work environment and abusive nature. Reports have surfaced about the allegedly abusive nature of the First Lady’s adviser Anthony Bernal who has been described as a tyrant within the office often insulting staffers behind their back sor driving them to tears within the office.
According to The Daily Wire:
“[T]he way he has wielded that power has made Bernal one of the most polarizing people in the White House, according to interviews with more than two dozen White House staffers, former campaign aides, and people who worked with him during the Obama administration,” Politico reported.
In Bernal’s “pursuit of perfection” for FLOTUS, Politico said, the advisor has treated staffers poorly, so poorly that the atmosphere has been likened to the movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”
“Many described him as ‘berating’ and ‘toxic’ because of his unfiltered criticism of others and tendency to trash talk his colleagues behind their backs,” the report said. “Some compare him to [Meryl Streep’s] character in ‘Devil Wears Prada’ while another equated him to the ever-conspiring Littlefinger in ‘Game of Thrones.’”
Stories of Bernal making staffers cry are an open secret in the Biden world with seemingly everyone knowing someone who has been on the receiving end. Two former campaign staffers said they heard Bernal call people “stupid” in meetings or over the phone. During the campaign and in the White House, some staffers felt the behavior was so noxious that they began surreptitiously recording him in meetings, according to two officials who others confided in about recording him. West Wing Playbook has not heard the recordings. The First Lady’s office did not address the recordings in their comment.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s office has also been described as a toxic work environment with staffers and aides in constant fear of making the slightest mistake. The reports of abusive nature throughout the White House come after President Biden famously said he would not tolerate such behavior within his administration and staffers would immediately be fired, not only has he allowed it but he’s let it run rampant.