David Chipman was pulled by President Joe Biden on Monday as a nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms after Chipman failed to get enough Democrat support to be confirmed to the position.
Chipman had a number of fringe positions on guns that were to the left of even some Democrats, including a belief that the Secret Service did not need guns as part of their job, a total ban on semi-automatic rifles, and telling first-time gun owners that they shouldn’t use their weapons unless “zombies start to appear.”
Chipman also reportedly tried to hide some of his previous statements from lawmakers during the confirmation process and allegedly made racist comments about black ATF agents, such as that they could not have passed their exams without cheating.
Republican lawmakers had been complaining for months that Chipman repeatedly lied during the confirmation process and that his views made him unqualified to lead the ATF.
It’s sad that someone has to be this radical not to be confirmed by the Democrats at this point, but Republicans will just have to take what they can get, it seems.
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