Joe Biden’s handlers trolled out several cabinet nominees who were obviously unqualified. But two highlight the counterproductive philosophy behind selecting agency leaders. White House choices David Chipman and Tracy Stone-Manning demonstrate unparalleled hostility toward the communities they would serve. As Senate hearings and decisions drag on, it’s abundantly clear the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as well as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are unfit for duty.
Chipman wasted the U.S. Senate’s time trying to evade questions about how he defined an “assault weapon” and whether he was on board for a nationwide ban. After much wrangling, Chipman finally admitted he was in lock-step with the radical left and favored gun-grabs on commonly-owned firearms. Beyond reflecting the extremist view held by Biden’s handlers, even RINOs such as Maine Sen. Susan Collins agreed Chipman was unfit to hold a powerful office.
“In recent years, Mr. Chipman has been an outspoken critic of the firearms industry and has made statements that demean law-abiding gun owners. Although he has the right to express his views, I believe this history makes him an unusually divisive pick for this important position,” Sen. Collins reportedly said. “In particular, I am concerned that his confirmation would do significant damage to the collaborative working relationship that must exist between ATF, the firearms industry, sportsmen and women, and other law-abiding gun owners exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
The nominee finds himself on thin ice as it appears all 50 Republicans may vote him down, leaving moderate Democrats such as West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to decide his fate. Should he gain appointment, gun owners and manufacturers would likely experience a full assault from the ATF.
As counterproductive as Chipman’s nomination appears, Biden’s string-pullers went beyond the pale when they covertly inserted Tracy Stone-Manning into BLM contention. Widely considered a radical extremist, it appears her checkered past was concealed, and there are indications she may have lied to Congress.
Tracy Stone-Manning reportedly worked on the Wild Rockies Review that advocated for the murder of U.S. Forest Service workers. A so-called opinion piece apparently approved by the Biden Administration’s choice to run the Bureau of Land Management stated, “Rend the entire USFS limb from limb and tear out its guts. These swine are evil and must be rubbed out.”
The White House’s choice was reportedly a member of Earth First, widely considered an eco-terrorist organization and Stone-Manning participated in a tree-spiking plot. This criminal activity involves driving metal spikes deep into trees to kill and maim loggers and lumber mill workers when saw blades make contact.
According to reports, she was given immunity for her role in what was then believed to be writing and delivering a warning letter. Recent reports indicate she may have been deeply involved in the plot against loggers and mill workers. Adding insult to injury, wide-reaching information, including the tree-spiking criminal proceedings, were concealed from Senators tasked with weighing her fitness. When asked under oath, she reportedly told senators she had never been the subject of a criminal probe.
“She was aware that she was being investigated in 1989 and again in 1993 when she agreed to the immunity deal with the government to avoid criminal felony prosecution,” U.S. Forest Service criminal investigator Michael Merkley reportedly stated. “She was aware that she was being investigated in 1989 and again in 1993 when she agreed to the immunity deal with the government to avoid criminal felony prosecution.”
If there’s any doubt remaining she is completely unfit, this is what Merkley stated about his contact with her in 1989.
“Ms. Stone-Manning was extremely difficult to work with; in fact, she was the nastiest of the suspects. She was vulgar, antagonistic, and extremely anti-government,” Merkley reportedly wrote at the time.