NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biden’s Pick to Lead ATF Locked His Twitter Account: What Is He Hiding? 


Secrets, secrets are no fun unless you share with everyone. 

President Joe Biden is set to nominate David Chipman, a prominent adviser to the anti-gun group launched by former democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Thursday. 

But, shortly after news broke of his appointment, Chipman changed the privacy settings on his Twitter to private. 

What is he hiding? 

Chipman previously served 25 years at the ATF and became a special agent to lead the bureau’s Firearms Program, according to The Federalist. 

Indeed, it seems there is no better person to help Joe Biden push his radical gun control agenda. 

Chipman locking his Twitter account is perhaps a precautionary measure, as past tweets have created problems for several of Biden’s nominees. 

Neera Tanden, for example, ruined her chance to serve as head of the White House Management and Budget Office when she was caught deleting thousands of tweets following the announcement of her nomination. 

And, Vanita Gupta, Biden’s pick for head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, was haunted by tweets throughout the entirety of her confirmation process. She apologized for the “harsh rhetoric” used on social media over the last several years, and her nomination is deadlocked in the Senate.