Trump’s Pick To Head OPM Spread ‘Satanic’ Conspiracy Theory, Disparaged Islam
John Gibbs, a former conservative commentator who has a history of inflammatory and conspiratorial tweets, has been appointed by President Trump to head the Office of Personnel Management, according to CNN.
- Gibbs has worked as the acting assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the last three years.
- A CNN review of his Twitter feed found that Gibbs spread conspiracy theories about Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman in 2016, claiming that he had taken part in a satanic ritual. He also defended an anti-Semitic twitter user as well as made offensive comments about Islam and the Democratic party.
- CNN noted that “OPM manages the government's workforce, serving as a human resources department for civilian employees.”
- White House spokesperson Judd Deere defended Gibbs’ nomination in an email to CNN, writing:
"Instead of highlighting Mr. Gibbs' work to increase economic development programs for low-income people or his successful deployment for more than $9 billion in CARES Act funds to respond to COVID-19, the media would rather dwell on some nonsense from 2016.”
- The Democratic party has revealed their concern with the nomination, with a spokesperson for the Democratic minority on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs saying:
"These reports raise serious concerns that should be discussed during the nomination process. Ranking Member Peters will thoroughly evaluate the record and qualifications of any nominee that comes before the committee."