Karine Jean-Pierre: MSNBC-bound Jen Psaki may be replaced by first LGBTQ Black woman press secretary

The 44-year-old is currently the White House's deputy press secretary and worked as chief of staff for then-vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris


                            Karine Jean-Pierre: MSNBC-bound Jen Psaki may be replaced by first LGBTQ Black woman press secretary
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has reportedly been seen as Jen Psaki's successor (Getty Images/ Alex Wong and Anna Moneymaker)
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki is looking for a new job as reports have claimed that she plans to join MSNBC soon. Though no official comment has come yet regarding it from Washington, it has been said that Karine Jean-Pierre is seen as her replacement, and if that happens, it will reportedly be a historic moment.

If Jean-Pierre becomes the press secretary, she would be the first LGBTQ Black woman to hold the position. An administration official said: “This administration really cares about showing diversity and representation, so breaking barriers is a big thing.” Also, the 44-year-old has been working close to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris since the 2020 campaign, which apparently means both the leaders have a level of comfort with her.

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The official noted: “It has felt like Karine has been groomed for this and it would backfire if she didn’t get it.” Another insider close to the Biden administration added, “It feels like the intention is for it to be Karine.”

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The 44-year-old author is a longtime Democratic political worker, who earlier worked as chief of staff for then-vice-presidential nominee, Harris. Before joining Biden’s team, she was senior advisor and spokesperson for MoveOn.org — “a progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee.” Her LinkedIn profile mentions that she had worked in the Obama administration too and her “interests demonstrate her concern for integrity and the human condition.”

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Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House December 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, the Biden administration announced a new push to remove and replace lead pipes and paint from homes over the next 10 years using new funds from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Jean-Pierre is reportedly quite vocal and proud of her Haitain origin and is grateful to her parents for all her success. The School of International and Public Affairs’s website has her story in which she said: “My story is an immigrant story. Both my parents were born in Haiti, which was a dictatorship when they were growing up and it was tough. They weren’t able to do what they wanted for their family. And, so we ended up coming to Queens, NY—212th Street and Jamaica Avenue and that community, that immigrant story, really had an effect on me throughout my life.”

Her LinkedIn profile added that “in graduate school, she explored her Haitian roots through documentary film. Later, she worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics and pushed major companies like Wal-Mart to change their business practices.”

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jean-Pierre spoke to reporters about the Build Back Better agenda and the October jobs reports. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Twitter is also reportedly buzzing a lot with Jean-Pierre’s name. A user tweeted: “Psaki’s plan from the outset was to stay for a year. This isn’t a surprise. Hopefully, the very competent Karine Jean-Pierre will be up next. Psaki is a tough act to follow.” Another one wrote: “EASY BRO !! KARINE JEAN-PIERRE IS SMALL-- BUT SHE CAN 100% TOTALLY HOLD HER OWN !!!--” “Will most definitely miss Jen Psaki as Press Secretary.. she set the bar very high where it should be for that gig. Karine Jean-Pierre would be an excellent replacement,” the third one added.

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Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a daily White House news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jean-Pierre held a daily briefing to answer questions from members of the White House press corps. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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A person disagreed and said, “Hmmm. The next Maddow. I love Jen Psaki and think she'd be a great host.  Hope her replacement is as strong.  Love Karine Jean-Pierre but don't think she's the right fit. #JenPsaki is the best!!” “Jen Psaki is phenomenal for sure but Karine Jean-Pierre is equally and would be a fantastic Press Secretary. Best wishes to the both of them,” a tweet added.

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