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'What's the problem?' Jen Psaki is confronted over glaring lack of diversity on her new MSNBC show


Jen Psaki is facing heat from an unlikely source for not interviewing Republicans on her new MSNBC show.

Journalist Kara Swisher, a progressive Democrat, interviewed Psaki on the latest episode of her podcast "On with Kara Swisher." At one point in the episode, Swisher confronted Psaki over the glaring lack of ideological diversity on her MSNBC show that airs on Sundays.

"[House Democratic Leader] Hakeem Jeffries was your first guest. You spoke with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in your first episode," Swisher said. "Those are all Democrats. Do you think about putting more Republicans on?"

Psaki, the former White House press secretary, said she is "all for it" and said she would like to interview Republican governors and members of Congress. But Swisher appeared to be skeptical.

"OK. What's the problem?" Swisher pressed.

"There's not a problem. I mean, people have to agree to come on the show, of course. But we have had conversations with a number of Republicans. I do wanna have Republicans on the show," Psaki responded, explaining she has aired "only four shows," which means she needs to build rapport with potential guests.

"All right, but four shows and no Republicans is—" Swisher pushed back, suggesting she believes there is no excuse not to have interviewed a Republican yet.

Psaki, meanwhile, said there are three Republicans that she wants to interview: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), House Foreign Relations Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

"I'm not really afraid of being a forum for propaganda because I'm gonna call that out. But I know there's certain people who are not gonna come on the show and that's fine in all likelihood," Psaki said.

"But I do think a healthy part of not just democracy, but frankly not to be old school about government is having disagreements and having discussions and trying to understand why the other person believes how they believe," she continued, adding that she would also be open to interviewing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

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