“She was/ is the worst”

Other former staffers talked to The Post about concerns with Tanden’s management style. Six people recalled being taken aback by belittling, tone-deaf or otherwise rankling remarks they remember Tanden making in the office, though most balked at going on the record because they were worried what it would mean for them professionally to speak ill of her.

In 2017, Pruss and two other former CAP colleagues discussed Tanden in three-way text messages, which Pruss shared with The Post.

“She was/ is the worst,” said that former staffer, in one message. “i basically just remember her saying how horrible my clothes were, asking why anyone would date me, ordering me around for literally everything, going into a dressing room with her.”

In another message, the staffer wrote: “I can’t believe what she gets away with.”