Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Monday when she held her first official briefing as the White House Press Secretary as the first Black and out LGBTQ person to step into one of the most visible roles in the administration. And she didn’t hold back when introducing herself to the media assembled in the Briefing Room. “I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman. The first of all three of those to hold this position,” Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday.
“Queen Karine” continued, “If it were not for generations of barrier-breaking people before me I would not be here. But I benefit from their sacrifices, I have learned from their excellence and I am forever grateful to them. “Representation does matter — you hear us say this often in this administration, and no one understands this better than President Biden,” Jean-Pierre said.
Jean-Pierre has faced the room before, in her capacity as Deputy Press Secretary to former Press Secretary Jen Psaki. She has briefed reporters from the podium, but more often she spends time with the press off-camera on Air Force One. Last May she became the second Black woman in history to hold the daily press briefing.
The day the Biden campaign announced the addition of Karine Jean-Pierre, I said she should be the WH press secretary for the #BidenAdministration & so I’m clearly a political pre-Cog, @MSNBC 😏 @K_JeanPierre #WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/EuAXFQeoel
— Tara Dublin 🇺🇦🌻 (@taradublinrocks) November 18, 2020
Hear from the incoming White House Press Secretary herself before she steps into her groundbreaking new role! Karine Jean-Pierre will help give a VOICE to the voiceless and show the world that we can achieve anything!
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— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 9, 2022
Watch Karine Jean-Pierre’s first full press briefing, below.