In an interview published on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told Vogue Magazine that she considers it sexist to be referred to as “nice.” Psaki said the sound of the vague compliment was like hearing “nails on a chalkboard.”
“I was introduced to a foreign delegation in the hallway the other day as ‘This is Jen. You may have seen her do the briefings. She’s a really nice person.’ I’m like, really?” Psaki said during the interview. “You can’t think of a better description?” Psaki went on to argue that it was sexist and even a little demeaning to be described in such a way.
“It’s also this desire to put people in a box,” she added. “Yes, sometimes I’m friendly and joyful, and sometimes I’m tough, and sometimes I’m straightforward.”
The article complimented Psaki for not complaining about CNN’s coverage or “spouting flagrant, easily disprovable lies,” a likely dig at former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who often expressed former President Trump’s Criticism of the media.
Vogue wrote that most White House reporters are fans of Psaki, some saying they enjoyed her way of developing a “personable rapport” with journalists.
Traditionally, Vogue features political figures, in particular, the first ladies of Washinton. The magazine was scrutinized for looking over former first lady Melania Trump, deciding to omit her from the cover. Vogue continued the tradition when Jill Biden became First Lady.