White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Monday by taking the lectern as the first Black, openly gay immigrant to hold the prominent position.
Jean-Pierre said she “stands on the shoulders” of barrier-breaking people regarding her historic accomplishment at the briefing.
“I am obviously, acutely aware that my presence at this podium represents a few firsts: I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman,” Jean-Pierre said. “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,” she continued, later adding, “Representation does matter.”