Democrat candidate Joe Biden is considered the president-elect despite the fact that President Trump hasn’t conceded in the 2020 presidential election nor the General Services Administration has formally determined such victory for transition or officially “ascertained” the election results. Nonetheless, Biden is trucking forward, kicking off his transition team by first unveiling his task force for fighting the pandemic and laying out a slate of executive orders and other legislative pushes on the first day of his presidency.
On Wednesday, Biden announced his first White House staffer — tapping Ron Klain, a senior campaign adviser for Joe Biden and one-time top aide for the former vice president.
Ronald Klain will serve President-Elect Biden as White House Chief of Staff. https://t.co/hERLdgML6n— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 12, 2020
So who is Ron Klain?
Klain is a longtime institution Democratic aide, a well-known figure in the D.C. swamp, and a political resume that shows. He previously served as chief of staff to two Vice President — Al Gore from 1995 to 1999 and Biden from 2009 to 2011.
When Gore mounted a presidential bid in 1999, Klein had a role in the campaign until a feud broke out between Clinton and Gore loyalists. During Klain’s tenure as Gore’s Chief of Staff, he was seen as too loyal to Clinton by longtime Gore advisors and once the feud broke, the former Gore chief of staff was ousted by Gore campaign chairman, former Democrat California congressman Tony Coelho. Klain returned to the Gore campaign when they sought to challenge the 2000 election with the infamous Florida recount battle and was named General Counsel of Gore’s Recount Committee.
After 39 days with the nation’s attention focused on one state deciding the presidential election, Florida’s electoral votes were cast for George W. Bush, making him president-elect. During these five contentious weeks, multiple lawsuits were brought forth by Klain as he sought to exhaust the legal system.
Twenty years later America is seeing a remarkably similar situation unfolding at a larger extend. While 2000 involved just one state, pinpointed at four counties that heavily determine Florida’s presidential decision, the Trump campaign has five battleground states, bringing multiple court suits from voter fraud, improprieties, and that every legal votes are counted. Just like Gore, President Trump has every right to contest the election and take action in the courts, but Democrats are saying otherwise. The attempts are being played out currently that will see if one or more court rulings handed down by Obama appointees wind up the U.S. Supreme court who will ultimately determine if President Trump won a second term or if Biden can legitimately claim the title as president-elect.
Just before being selected the Ebola Czar in 2014, Klain tweeted a comment agreeing that elections are rigged, a focal point the Trump campaign has made in their legal ongoing legal battles challenging the results of the presidential election in several states. Reacting to a Vox News tweet in July 2014 of a report based on a finding from a Rasmussen poll with the headline, “68% of Americans think elections are rigged,” Klain quote tweeted “@voxdotcom That’s because they are.”
As of Thursday, Klein has yet to delete the Tweet or get any blowbacks from the media while the Trump campaign shared a screenshot of the remarks.
When Biden was elected Vice President in 2008, Klain returned back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and was chosen to serve as Chief of Staff. The relationship between Biden and Klain dates back to the late 1980s when the politico worked as counsel with the former vice president who then was a Delaware Senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During Biden’s first attempt running for president, Klein was heavily involved behind the scenes in the campaign. He also assisted the campaign speechwriting team that led to the infamous plagiarism scandal when Biden was caught lifting phrases and mannerisms from a British Labour Party politician as well as plagiarising other politicians.
Klain served as Biden’s right-hand man for three years, leaving at the time former President Obama was seeking a second term to work in the private sector. However, three years later Klain returned to the White House, this time for a different position when President Obama hand-selected him to serve as the Ebola Czar in 2014 despite having “no record or expertise in Ebola specifically or public health in general.“
Back then the media questioned why a political operative was in charge of containing a deadly virus that has touched off a wave of anxiety in the United States and raised questions about the competence of the Obama’s administration. Choosing an unqualified political crony to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, Democrats made a health problem a political problem. Klain was never heard or seen during his brief one-year tenure as the Ebola czar, but many can recall the Obama administration debacle as to this date there is no vaccine currently approved for Ebola, nor are there any approved treatments for the virus. Fortunately, the Ebola outbreak never became a major health crisis and was centered in West Africa, with only one American died and two infected health-care workers.
His mismanagement of the Ebola virus that now the media praise as “successfully managed,” gave Klain the ego to cut a video earlier in March bashing President Trump’s response to the Coronavirus. A poll at that time showed a majority of Americans approve of Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus, Klain’s misinformation and criticism of the Trump administration was akin to the Obama Administration’s handling of the two health crises in which the Democrat hack played a huge role in.
As Chief of Staff for Biden, Klain saw the swine flu pandemic (H1N1) during the time America was desperately grappling with the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression under the Obama Administration. The swine flu lasted for about 19 months, from January 2009 to August 2010, infecting 60 million Americans, and claiming 12,469 lives. As Biden during the campaign trail falsely claim the former Vice President insists he is uniquely equipped to confront the coronavirus pandemic, an extensive review of the Obama Administration handling of H1N1 says otherwise.
President Obama just recently revealed in his upcoming memoir his administration wasn’t “at all ready” for a health crisis. And just last year even Klain is on record saying the previous administration handled the H1N1 outbreak poorly. In a Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Summit Klain said, “a bunch of really talented” people were working on it, but “did every possible thing wrong.”
“Sixty million Americans got H1N1 in that period of time and it’s just purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history,” Klain said. “It had nothing to do with us doing anything right, it just had to do with luck.”
Despite second-guessing his own leadership as Ebola Czar and his work in the White House during the H1N1 crisis in 2009, Klain was nevertheless entrusted to spearhead Biden’s 2020 campaign as senior advisor and his coronavirus plan which is a plagiarized version of Trump’s coronavirus plan with an emphasis of a mask-mandate.
While Klain appears to be an entrusted Biden loyal long-time aide, his latest past actions tell another story. In an August POLITICO Magazine story, Klain stabbed Biden in the back in 2015 at the time the former vice president was looking to succeed President Obama — defected to Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign team.
“It’s been a little hard for me to play such a role in the Biden demise,” Klain wrote to Podesta in October 2015, a week before Biden gave in and announced he would not run. “I am definitely dead to them—but I’m glad to be on Team HRC.”
He added: “Thanks for inviting me into the campaign, and for sticking with me during the Biden anxiety.”
Klain’s most stinging rebuke to any human being is seen as something unforgivable. As we have seen in the last five years with Trump’s own inner circle, some have looked for their own self-interest instead of loyalty and have backstabbed the president that became a widely reported circus event for the media. But their 15-seconds of fame appearing in liberal media only left them becoming irrelevant, unhireable, and in reality untrustworthy on both sides of the political aisle. But not for Klain, who has spent years since Clinton’s loss trying to weave his way back into his former boss good graces, showering him with praises on social media especially when Biden was looking to mount his third presidential bid in 2019.
Klain is not on the campaign’s payroll but remains an adviser, and observers assumed he did so to be rewarded in hopes of becoming be chief of staff in a Biden White House. Nonetheless, they were right, and on Wednesday Biden rewarded him with a job as possible becoming White House Chief of Staff.
“Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together, including as we rescued the American economy from one of the worst downturns in our history in 2009 and later overcame a daunting public health emergency in 2014,” Biden said in a statement. “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again.”
Klain called the selection the “honor of a lifetime,” and said he looks forward to tackling Biden’s agenda.