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Biden official addresses resurfaced tweets that were anti-Israel, compared cops to ‘slave patrols’

A new Biden administration official said resurfaced social media posts likening police to “slave patrols” and supporting anti-Israel protests were written when he was younger and “do not reflect” his current views.

Incendiary tweets from Interior Department official Tyler Cherry began resurfacing shortly after he was promoted to the White House communications team last week.

“I pray for Baltimore, but I pray even harder for an end to a capitalist police state that is based on explicit and implicit racial bias,” Cherry, who worked for Rep. Deb Haaland for three years, wrote in 2015 in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died in police custody.

Tyler Cherry has apologized for his past tweets, saying they do not reflect his current views. @TylerACherry/X
Tyler Cherry is pictured on the bottom right. The Washington Post via Getty Images

A few months later, in another post on X, he wrote, “It is time to remember that modern policing is a direct evolution of slave patrols and lynch mobs.” According to Fox News Digital.

Several other tweets written by Cherry in 2014 defended pro-Palestinian causes, including one that read, “Let’s cheer in the bar for an end to the occupation of Palestine. No shame, no glaring. #ISupportGaza #FreePalestine.”

In other posts, Cherry accused the Republican Party of placing too much emphasis on “white grievance politics,” and in another he explicitly called for the abolition of ICE.

Cherry addressed her past social media posts on Sunday in an X, writing, “My past social media posts from when I was younger do not reflect my current views. End of story.”

Several old tweets from officials were made public, including one that explicitly called for the abolition of ICE. @TylerACherry/X

“I support the policies of the current administration and will continue to focus my outreach efforts on climate and environmental policy,” he added.

The White House defended Cherry’s hiring in a statement to Fox News, with White House senior deputy press secretary Andrew Bates saying, “We are extremely proud to welcome Tyler to our team.”