• O'Malley Dillon called Republicans "f--kers" during an interview with Glamour magazine
  • Biden donors urge the incoming deputy chief of staff to apologize to congressional Republicans
  • Bedingfield said O'Mally Dillon's statement "is spot on"

The White House's incoming deputy chief of staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon, called Republicans a “bunch of f--kers” in an interview with an online women’s magazine.

In an interview published Tuesday in Glamour, O’Malley Dillon praised President-elect Joe Biden’s call for unity and defended him from criticism after he insisted that Republicans would warm to the idea of working with him once he takes over the White House.

“The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity. In the primary, people would mock him, like, 'You think you can work with Republicans?' I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f--kers,” O’Malley Dillon told Glamour's Glennon Doyle.

“Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that,” she added.

The president-elect has repeatedly said that his longstanding relationships with GOP lawmakers could help him get things done even with a Republican majority in the Senate. However, many have questioned his ability to work with McConnell and other Republicans — an issue that Biden’s deputy chief of staff addressed.

“You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the work, then that becomes really hard. But I think, more than not, people want to see impact,” O’Malley Dillon said during the interview. “This overhang of this negative, polarized electorate that politics has created is the thing that I think we can break down.”

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A Republican Party booth is seen at the South Bay Pledge to Vote Rally hosted by Women's March Los Angeles and National Women's Political Caucus South Bay at Columbia Regional Park on September 22, 2018 in Torrance, California. Sarah Morris/Getty Images

O’Malley Dillon’s comments angered some of Biden’s donors who insisted that she apologize to the incoming president and congressional Republicans.

“For those of us who, from Day One, bought into Biden’s calls for civility and a return to normalcy, this isn’t just beyond the pale — it’s plain stupid,” one Biden donor told Axios.

While some advisers close to the incoming president expressed frustration over the interview, incoming White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield defended O’Malley Dillon’s comments.

“So @jomalleydillon would be the first to tell you her mom doesn’t approve of the spicy language. But I would be the first to tell you that the point she was making in this conversation with @GlennonDoyle is spot on: unity and healing are possible — and we can get things done,” she wrote on Twitter.