Biden’s State Department Spokeswoman Once Wrote That Cops Were a Greater National Security Threat Than ISIS
State Department deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter wrote in a 2016 Facebook post that domestic police officers were the biggest threat to US national security, bigger than “Russian hackers” and even ISIS.
The story was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, which obtained a screenshot of Porter’s post.
“The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not any one or anything else,” she said. “If y’all don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct. That’s not the world I seek to live in or create for myself and those around me.”
She wrote the post on September 20, 2016, in apparent reference to video footage of an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, being shot by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter, but a jury found her not guilty in May of 2017.
After the publishing of the Free Beacon story, Porter said in a statement that she should’ve “chosen words that were less passionate and spur-of-the moment.”
“Comments I made five years ago on my personal Facebook account as a private citizen were in response to the uncomfortable—and deeply painful—truth of race-based violence in America that has continued ever since,” she said. “The pain I expressed was real. Nevertheless, I should’ve chosen words that were less passionate and spur-of-the moment, as well as more constructive.”
Porter had been working as a communications official for the Truman National Security Project at the time she wrote that Facebook post. She has also previously worked as a top aide in the office of former representative Cedric Richmond, who is now President Biden’s senior advisor.