Biden’s choice for U.S. State Department spokesperson, Jalina Porter, previously wrote that the gravest threat facing American national security might be domestic.
In 2016, Porter published a Facebook post wherein she claimed that American police represent the greatest threat to the nation, including a greater threat than both Russian hackers and ISIS, due to the deaths of Black Americans.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Porter commented that police are “the largest threat to U.S. National Security”, adding, “not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else.”
Porter also urged followers to “rise up to to this truth”, or else “the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct.” She also noted that was “not the world I seek to live in.”
Porter made these remarks in September 2016, shortly after the appearance of a video of police shooting an unarmed Black man, Terrence Crutcher, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The State Department declined to comment on Porter’s social media posts.
In 2020, anti-police protests escalated across America after the deaths of various individuals from law enforcement officials, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Previously, Porter was a congressional staff member for former Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who is now a White House senior adviser. She was also a member of Rep. Jerry McNerney’s (D-CA) staff.
In addition, Porter has previously worked for the Truman National Security Project, which is a nonprofit organization foreign policy and national security think tank.