White House promotes controversial officer Tyler Cherry to key post

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The White House has recently promoted Tyler Cherry, former Interior Communications Director who gained attention for controversial remarks, to a senior communication position under the Joe Biden administration.

Cherry, who had been working at the Interior Department for Secretary Deb Haaland, took charge as the Associate Communications Director at the White House, Fox News reported.

The new role involves handling communications for the White House Climate Policy Office, working with Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi and coordinating with the White House press office on climate and energy policy announcements.

Cherry has courted multiple controversies in the recent past over his comments, especially on social media criticising Republicans, conservatives, or Israel. His comparison of American law enforcement to ‘slave patrols’ created a massive uproar.

This is Tyler Cherry.

Biden just promoted him to associate communications director at the White House.

Why? Take a guess.

In 2015, he tweeted “the modern day police system is a direct evolution of slave patrols and lynch mobs."

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After the violent protests erupted following the murder of Freddie Gray, a Black man, in police custody in Baltimore in 2015, he wrote on X (then Twitter), "Praying for #Baltimore, but praying even harder for an end to a capitalistic police state motivated by explicit and implicit racial biases.”

A few weeks later, he wrote, “Apt time to recall that the modern-day police system is a direct evolution of slave patrols and lynch mobs.”

During the 2014 Gaza war, he took to social media to openly declare his support for Palestine. Cherry said, "Cheersing in bars to ending the occupation of Palestine — no shame and f--- your glares #ISupportGaza #FreePalestine.”

He had also aimed sharp criticism towards the Republicans on multiple occasions. In one instance, he said, "The Tea Party was never about the debt/deficit but about racism and white grievance politics".

Some reports claimed that Cherry was promoted despite opposition by senior White House officials.

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Jun 24, 2024

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