As reported by Vanity Fair, Ducklo allegedly threatened to "destroy" Palmeri for writing a story on his romantic relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. He also reportedly attempted to intimidate the writer by making misogynistic and derogatory comments and suggested her story was due to her jealousy over an unidentified man who "wanted to f*ck" McCammond instead of her.
According to the publication, a Politico editor reached out to Biden's administration on January 21 to discuss the threats and spoke to various senior-level officials, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn, and White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield. As The Inquisitr reported, Anita Dunn was notably slammed by political commentator Katie Halper for her alleged role in convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein's public relations team.
Needless to say, the reported cover-up of Ducklo's harassment has caused a backlash.
"To be clear, @PressSec has known her deputy sexually harassed a female reporter for 4 weeks. We are only finding out about it publicly today," conservative commentator Jack Posobiec tweeted.
"Remember, Psaki is reportedly involved in this and helped try to cover up Ducklo's behavior," read a tweet from Daily Caller Senior Congressional Correspondent Henry Rodgers.
Elsewhere on Twitter, journalist Benny Johnson slammed Psaki's acknowledgment of Ducklo's alleged apology to Palmeri.
"Press Sec is white knighting here for a sexual harasser misogynist on her staff @tducklo46. @PressSec also tried to cover up the scandal."