A contributor to MSNBC is calling her punditry career quits for now to fully embrace what she always was: a partisan political campaigner.
Now-former NBC and MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre parted ways with the network on Wednesday to accept a role in presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, the Washington Examiner reported.
An MSNBC spokesperson confirmed to the Examiner that Jean-Pierre is no longer with the network as a paid contributor due to her new position with the campaign.
“I just could not sit this election out”
As the Examiner noted, Jean-Pierre herself announced the move in a tweet posted on Wednesday that featured a picture of her receiving a hug from the former VP.
“I just could not sit this election out,” she wrote Wednesday.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Biden campaign as a Senior Adviser. This is the most important general election in generations and I just could not sit this election out. I look forward to doing this work with @JoeBiden and the team! #Biden2020 pic.twitter.com/yGQfMA6E2F
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) May 20, 2020
She will be serving as a senior adviser to his campaign, with a special “focus on strategy, communications, and engaging with key communities, including African Americans, women, and progressives,” according to the Examiner.
“Black voters, black women, have helped [Biden] get to this point,” Jean-Pierre said in a recent interview, according to The Root. “When everybody was counting him out, black voters spoke out. I am so proud and excited as a black woman watching how black women have exerted their power. We had to say loud and clear this [the Trump administration] is not OK.”
“A #MeToo hypocrite”
According to Deadline, Jean-Pierre’s resume includes publications like Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America. Including 2020, she’s worked with Democrat presidential campaigns for the last four election cycles, including with Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Deadline reported.
Following her addition to the Biden campaign, President Donald Trump’s campaign responded with a tweet calling Jean-Pierre “a #MeToo hypocrite” for working with the former vice president despite claims from one of his former Senate staffers of a 1993 sexual assault, according to The Hill.
Joe Biden’s new senior advisor is a #MeToo hypocrite. @K_JeanPierre said we need to “believe women” and that someone being “accused of sexual harassment or assault” disqualified them from running for office.
Now she’s working for Biden, who stands accused of sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/ZhZCEhymyi
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 & get the APP (@TrumpWarRoom) May 20, 2020
According to NPR, now-56-year-old Tara Reade says then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden assaulted her in a Capitol hallway. “His hands went underneath my clothing and he was touching me in my private areas and without my consent,” she told NPR last month.