Tyler Cherry, the newly appointed White House communications official, apologized for past tweets comparing police to “slave patrols.” Promoted to Associate Communications Director in the Biden administration, Cherry faced backlash when old tweets surfaced, featuring extreme rhetoric and criticism of law enforcement.

Screenshots of tweets from 2014 and 2015 showed Cherry’s harsh critiques of police and calls for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). One tweet during the Freddie Gray unrest in 2015 stated, “Praying for #Baltimore, but praying even harder for an end to a capitalistic police state motivated by explicit and implicit racial biases.” Another tweet claimed, “Time to recall that the modern-day police system is a direct evolution of slave patrols and lynch mobs.”

While tweets predating April 2022 were deleted from Cherry’s account, he acknowledged their authenticity, stating, “Past social media posts from when I was younger do not reflect my current views. Period. I support this Administration’s agenda – and will continue my communications work focused on our climate and environmental policies.”

Writer Nate Hochman alleged Cherry deleted all tweets containing the word “white” hours after Hochman searched his feed.