Washington, DC – President Joe Biden’s new deputy spokeswoman for the State Department has tried to walk back anti-cop social media posts she made in 2016 that claimed the “largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops.”
“An unarmed man takes a knee for justice, bigots riot. An unarmed Black man (with his hands raised) takes a bullet and dies and those same bigots are silent. Explain this to me, please,” U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokeswoman Jalina Porter posted on her Facebook page on Sept. 20, 2016, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Porter’s comments appeared to have been made in reference to the officer-involved shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Crutcher was fatally shot while high on PCP after fighting an officer before he reached in his vehicle and the officer thought he was reaching for a weapon.
“The largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else,” Porter’s post continued.
“If ya’ll don’t wake up and rise up to this truth, the genocide against Blacks in America will continue until we are near extinct,” she wrote. “That’s not the world I seek to live in or create for myself and those around me.”
She was working for the Truman National Security Project, a liberal think tank that also employed Hunter Biden, when she made the Facebook post, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The post sent off shock waves across a law enforcement community that is already very skeptical about the new Biden administration’s plans for reformed policing.
When Porter’s anti-police social media post went viral earlier this week, she was quick to try and explain it away.
She allowed that she should have chosen her words more wisely when she wrote that post, FOX News reported.
“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,” Porter said in a statement that was released on Tuesday.
“The pain I expressed was real,” she continued. “Nevertheless, I should’ve chosen words that were less passionate and spur-of-the moment, as well as more constructive.”
“I, of course, know well that not all law enforcement officers pose a threat to our community,” Porter wrote. “Today, I am proud to stand as the State Department’s first Black woman Deputy Spokesperson, a position that affords me an opportunity to be part of the ongoing conversation regarding nationwide equity and inclusion, as we work to enhance the power of America’s example overseas.”
Porter was a top aide to former U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) who was recently tapped as a senior advisor to President Biden, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The state department’s new junior mouthpiece was also formerly a dancer for the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Wizards.