WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden named as his subsequent press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, a former official of the activist MoveOn group who endorsed its name on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the annual AIPAC convention.
Jean-Pierre would be the first Black girl within the job and succeeds Jen Psaki, who has reportedly accepted a suggestion from MSNBC as a commentator, because the lead voice for the Biden administration with the media. She has been principal deputy press secretary after beginning within the Biden administration as a senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris.
Jean-Pierre has drawn fireplace from some within the pro-Israel neighborhood for a 2019 op-ed during which she endorsed pressure by MoveOn on Democratic Party presidential candidates to boycott the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“When it comes down to it, AIPAC’s policies are not progressive policies. AIPAC’s values are not progressive values,” Pierre wrote in the 2019 piece, saying that the group’s failure to forcefully name out the Trump administration’s bigotry disqualified it as a venue for Democrats.
AIPAC, traditionally non-partisan, has within the final decade drifted aside from progressives on Israel coverage. Most lately, it launched a PAC to straight help pro-Israel candidates for the primary time; the PAC has to this point given to extra Republicans than to Democrats and has drawn criticism for giving to Republicans who voted not to affirm Biden’s election.
In April 2020, within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jean-Pierre was one in every of numerous folks to share a viral photograph of Jewish and Muslim paramedic companions praying collectively in Israel. “Thank you both for your selflessness, and for this inspiring show of humanity,” she tweeted.
“Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this administration,” Biden mentioned Thursday in a press release. Psaki exits on Might 13.
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