Karine Jean-Pierre's selection as White House press secretary was described by many as “historic,” since she is the first black woman and the first “out” LGBTQ person to take on the job. But there are a few facts about Jean-Pierre's track record of radical politics that could prove more important than her skin color or sexual orientation. Five facts to consider:
- Jean-Pierre was a member of the radical group MoveOn.org, which was established in the latter part of the 1990s to protest the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, then pushed, paradoxically, to impeach President Donald Trump, abandoning its previous policies. The group also famously claimed that General David Petraeus, then commanding U.S. forces during the Iraq War, betrayed the nation. Jean-Pierre was employed by MoveOn.org from 2016 until the 2020 presidential election.
- Jean-Pierre is an advocate of radicalism against Israel. In 2019, she applauded Democratic presidential candidates for not attending the Annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, DC, a well-known pro-Israel gathering. “You cannot call yourself a progressive while continuing to associate yourself with an organization like AIPAC that has often been the antithesis of what it means to be progressive,” Jean-Pierre wrote.
- Jean-Pierre once stated that no person who is merely accused of sexual misconduct should be considered for public office. She stated to Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union in 2017 that even if there was no proof to back the allegation up and there was nothing proved against the person accused, the mere fact of the accusation was enough to disqualify the accused. In a bizarre twist, she continued to be a staffer for Joe Biden even after he was accused of sexual assault by his former adviser Tara Reade.
- Jean-Pierre is married to CNN anchor and reporter Suzanne Malveaux. Jean-Pierre is one of the latest examples in a series of high-level personal relationships and romantic ties between Democrats and the media. CNN will remain, in essence, the Biden Administration's official communications agency.
- Jean-Pierre inflamed racial divisions and anxieties in the days before Donald Trump took office. She said to Bill Maher on HBO's “Real Time,” “I think the thing to understand is that, if you are not white, male, straight, you are–you fear a–Donald Trump's presidency because there is no place for you in a Donald Trump's presidency.” She later said that Trump was planning to place a “whites only” sign on the Statue of Liberty, and she claimed that Trump was a lifetime racist, despite evidence to prove the contrary.