Russian pundits attacked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday in a rant that claimed Jean-Pierre was only promoted because she was "gay and black."
The critics claimed she had not received the position because of her qualifications but because of her race, sexual orientation, and gender and said she would be replaced by a "white, heterosexual male" in a month or two.
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Jean-Pierre, who has received a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University, has worked on multiple political campaigns and was the principal deputy press secretary for the White House for months.
The fuel for the rant came after Jean-Pierre conducted her first White House press briefing in her new position on Monday, where she acknowledged she is the first "black, gay, immigrant woman" to be press secretary. Jean-Pierre was born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, to Haitian parents.
"I am obviously acutely aware that my presence at this podium represents a few firsts," Jean-Pierre said. "I am a black, gay, immigrant woman, the first of all three of those to hold this position. I would not be here today if it were not for generations of barrier-breaking people before me. I stand on their shoulders."
Russian host Evgeny Popov said on the state-owned Russian channel Russian 1 that Jean-Pierre would be replaced by a white, straight male in a couple of months, while pundit Andrei Sidorchik claimed Jean-Pierre knows she was not selected for her professional abilities and would use it as an excuse if she made a mistake.
"She admits not being chosen for professional abilities, but because she is a dark-skinned immigrant and this was secured by her predecessors," Sidorchik said, according to the Daily Mail. "When she makes mistakes, that will be her excuse, 'I'm not a professional, I was chosen for other reasons.'"
Popov added that having a Ph.D. and speaking multiple languages was not what it took to represent the White House.
"It's more important to be ... like that," Popov said and pointed to a video of Jean-Pierre. "But at least she's cute."
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Jean-Pierre's briefing on Monday was not the first time she's held a press briefing for the White House. Jean-Pierre has stepped in multiple times for former press secretary Jen Psaki, including recently replacing Psaki on a European trip with the president after Psaki tested positive for COVID-19.
Psaki announced her resignation earlier this month in order to work as a pundit and talk-show host for MSNBC. She left her post last week.
Prior to her new role, Jean-Pierre has served as the chief of staff to Vice President Kamala Harris, as an adviser on President Joe Biden's campaign, and as a senior member of the White House communications team.