Sean Hannity accuses White House of hypocrisy after five staffers were fired for using marijuana even though Kamala Harris has admitted using the drug
- ‘My position is, don’t tell people to be honest and then not keep your word that there could be no consequences for being honest,’ Hannity said
- Recreational marijuana use is legal in a number of states, as well as D.C.
- Kamala Harris has admitted in the past to using marijuana in college, in addition to supporting a federal legalization bill in 2019
- Press Secretary Jen Psaki took to Twitter to try to downplay the controversy
Sean Hannity accused the White House of hypocrisy Friday after a report that Biden administration staffers had been fired after disclosing they had smoked marijuana – after Vice President Kamala Harris has admitted using pot herself.
Several young staffers are out of a job and dozens were suspended for admitting to marijuana use, despite being told it would be overlooked by the administration, according to The Daily Beast.
Hannity slammed the administration for the apparent about-face on his Friday show.
‘My position is, don’t tell people to be honest and then not keep your word that there could be no consequences for being honest.’
Sean Hannity used a portion of his show on Friday to call out the White House
‘Just as a side note, if you’re one of the people that applied, you might want to know Kamala Harris herself did admit to The Breakfast Club in 2019 in an interview, yeah, that she herself smoked weed.’
Recreational marijuana use – which is illegal federally – has been fully legalized in a number of states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state, as well as Washington D.C.
NBC News reported in February the White House would have new guidelines after it identified recreational marijuana use was a hurdle for young people who applied to work there.
It wasn’t clear what had changed since the report of the new more lax guidelines the White House promised – and the more recent firings.
Hannity pointed out that Kamala Harris has admitted to marijuana use in the past
Harris also expressed support for a federal legalization bill for marijuana back in 2019
Different agencies within the United States government have varying allowances for past marijuana use in order to obtain proper security clearances.
‘We announced a few weeks ago that the White House had worked with the security service to update the policies to ensure that past marijuana use wouldn’t automatically disqualify staff from serving in the White House,’ press secretary Jen Psaki posted on Twitter, along with the NBC News report.
‘As a result, more people will serve who would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use.
‘The bottom line is this: of the hundreds of people hired, only five people who had started working at the White House are no longer employed as a result of this policy.’
She didn’t detail what might have been the exact circumstances that led to the firing of the five people.
Biden’s White House is under fire after five staffers were fired and more were suspended for previous marijuana use, despite being told it wouldn’t be a disqualifying factor
Despite Psaki’s statement on the manner, it’s hard to disregard the vice president’s own comments about marijuana.
‘I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale,’ Harris said during her interview with The Breakfast Club in 2019 regarding her college days.
‘I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.’
According to Fox News, Harris also supported Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, which would’ve legalized marijuana at the federal level.
The bill was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, but never went any further.