Imagine rising to the top of your profession and landing a coveted job in the White House, only to feel pressured to resign in a matter of weeks because of a silly scandal you created.
As Breitbart reported, that’s exactly what happened to President Joe Biden’s deputy press secretary, T.J. Ducklo. The young, up-and-coming White House press aide turned in his resignation over the weekend amid fallout from a situation in which he lobbed a nasty threat at a female Politico reporter.
As is the case with many scandals, this one involved a relationship. On Biden’s inauguration day, Politico reporter Tara Palmeri placed a call to Axios reporter Alexi McCammond to inquire about details of her relationship with Ducklo.
That’s when the situation turned nasty, as Ducklo caught wind of the phone call and — much to his detriment — became enraged over the situation, eventually telling Palmeria that he would “destroy” her while also suggesting that Palmeri was “jealous” of the relationship between him and McCammond.
Ducklo never denied the story once it broke and he even issued a public apology to Palmeri in his Saturday resignation letter, admitting that he was in the wrong.
“I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job,” Ducklo wrote. He added that his behavior was “abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable,” while expressing embarrassment for causing the situation in the first place.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, his immediate supervisor, revealed that senior staff spoke with Ducklo on Saturday about the situation before he turned in his resignation.
“We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions,” Psaki wrote in a statement.
Reportedly, Politico editors and Palmeri received an apology from senior staff in the White House communications department along with a private, written apology from Ducklo.