Posted on June 2, 2022

State Department Dumps Anti-Cop Spox

Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, June 2, 2022

The State Department deputy spokeswoman who called police the “largest threat to U.S. national security” is leaving her job after a 16-month stint that was marred by public gaffes and internal battles with her colleagues.

Jalina Porter will “transition out” of her job as the State Department’s number-two public face, spokesman Ned Price announced in a press release late Monday. It is unclear if Porter, who has a history of anti-cop rhetoric and reportedly clashed with career State Department officials, is shifting elsewhere in the Biden administration or exiting.

Porter entered the role under a cloud of controversy after the Washington Free Beacon unearthed a series of social media posts in which she claimed the “largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops; Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not anyone or anything else.” In other posts obtained by the Free Beacon, Porter said, “I’m so tired of terrorist cops” and promoted a video directed at the Los Angeles Police Department that states, “Suck my dick and choke on it.”

While Porter apologized for her remarks, which were made before she entered public office, it came to light that she clashed with career State Department officials who viewed her as unprepared for press briefings and prone to make policy gaffes that caused diplomatic headaches. State Department and diplomatic insiders who spoke to the Free Beacon said it is strange for the department to announce the departure of a top official without stating what her next role will be.

“Jalina was never a good fit and was in over her head from the beginning,” one State Department source, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters, told the Free Beacon. “On that, I blame the woke crowd that made the hiring decision without regard to actual qualifications or experience.”

“Needless to say,” the source added, “career staff will be relieved to not have to deal with her temperament and abuse. A lot of credit goes to the Free Beacon for exposing her poor treatment of colleagues and staff.”

A senior congressional source familiar with State Department debates over Porter told the Free Beacon that the State Department’s lack of clarity on Porter’s future hints that she could have problems finding employment elsewhere in the administration.

“It’s clear they don’t want to admit publicly what everyone already knows: Jalina was unqualified, blamed everyone else for her repeated gaffes, and alienated everyone in the building,” said the source, who would only discuss these conversations on background. {snip}