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'Some people come up to me crying': Karine Jean-Pierre calls herself a 'historic figure,' who 'cannot fail'
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'Some people come up to me crying': Karine Jean-Pierre calls herself a 'historic figure,' who 'cannot fail'

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called herself a "historic figure," who "cannot fail" in recent interviews with correspondents assigned to cover the White House.

This week, Jean-Pierre gave an interview to theGrio – a self-described media network "focused on the African American community" and to amplify "black culture."

Gerren Keith Gaynor – a White House Correspondent for theGrio – interviewed Jean-Pierre for an article on the site titled: "Karine Jean-Pierre talks having ‘swag’ and the hardest job in the White House."

Jean-Pierre told Gaynor, "Ron Klain, the former chief of staff, used to say to me, 'You have the hardest job in this building.'" She added, "It is not for everyone."

Gaynor wrote, "Speaking for the president sometimes includes defending him and his record when challenged by the press or others. Though it’s a position one could easily find daunting, Jean-Pierre acknowledged that her confidence, or as theGrio puts it, her 'swag' in the role has grown over time."

The glowing article says Jean-Pierre "often spends hours preparing for briefings with her team of 12 staffers and Biden-Harris administration officials to craft messaging to White House reporters and, by proxy, the American people."

Jean-Pierre proclaimed that she is a "historic figure."

The White House secretary declared, "This is a historic administration. I'm a historic figure, and I certainly walk in history every day."

Jean-Pierre said she represents "the black community, the Caribbean community, the LGBTQ community" as White House press secretary, adding, "And it is incredibly important to me that I do that well."

Jean-Pierre said of the LGBTQ community, "This is a community that we love, and we make it very clear that this is a community that we’re going to fight for."

In another friendly interview with a White House correspondent, Jean-Pierre said she "cannot fail."

April Ryan, another White House correspondent for theGrio, said to Jean-Pierre, "You are fighting every day. How do you fight and still remain composed and fight in the midst of people trying to erase you and people trying to make you feel like you should not be there?"

Jean-Pierre responded, "Because I have to. I have to. We are so stereotyped. And I cannot fail. It’s not an option."

"It is so important for black women to lead. It is so important for us to be in those positions. It’s so important for people, other people, to see us in those positions," Jean-Pierre said at the "Black Women Lead" conference on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

Jean-Pierre asserted that the LGBTQ community is "literally" under attack.

"There’s a lot of things happening in this country, a lot of things. It is unprecedented. It is scary," she said. "We are in Pride month where the LGBTQ+ community is under attack, literally. We just mentioned all the communities that I represent: black, queer, immigrant, and it is tough. It is tough being at the podium and having to talk about these issues that affect everything that I am."

Jean-Pierre claimed, "Some people come up to me crying. Some people come up to me and just say thank you. I don’t even — some people even say I don’t even know what you say at the podium but just seeing you it’s just amazing. It’s the pride. It’s the pride. It’s the pride and never thinking we would get here.”

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