Posted on July 8, 2024

Lauren Boebert Blasted for Calling White House Press Secretary ‘DEI Hire’

Gustaf Kilander, The Independent, July 4, 2024

Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert is facing criticism after she referred to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as a “DEI hire.”

In a recent tweet, Boebert took aim at Jean-Pierre, a Columbia University graduate and the first Black gay woman to serve as the top White House spokesperson, accusing her of being hired as part of a diversity, equity, and inclusion program to improve representation.

“I couldn’t care less about what @PressSec has to say today,” Boebert wrote on X on Tuesday. “It’s between 10am-4pm which means ‘President’ Joe Biden supposedly should be coherent enough to take a few questions from the press. Instead, Americans are supposed to listen to the discredited DEI hire. PASS.”


Boebert quickly faced criticism from other X users after her comment, which many deemed “racist.”

“DEI hire? Not only was that incredibly racist, it was disrespectful. A sitting Congresswoman should be better than that,” one user said. “Remember, elections have consequences. I guess the Republican Party is the party of racism and bigotry.”