Controversial White House Official Downplays Past Anti-Israel and Anti-Police Remarks

A White House official who incited controversy by endorsing “Russiagate,” criticizing law enforcement, and endorsing the anti-Israel movement on social media is now downplaying these remarks, claiming they were made when he was younger and do not represent his current opinions.

After serving under Secretary Deb Haaland for more than three years at the Department of the Interior, Tyler Cherry was elevated to the position of assistant communications director at the White House last week. The elevation drew attention to some of Cherry’s earlier, highly contentious posts again. 

Cherry stated in a 2015 tweet that he was “praying even harder for an end to a capitalistic police state motivated by explicit and implicit racial biases.” The tweet was sent during the riots in Baltimore.

A few months later, Cherry claimed in another post that contemporary law enforcement was a “direct evolution of slave patrols and lynch mobs.” 

He has supported Palestinian rights against Israel in several of his posts. Cherry posted on July 25, 2014, saying, “Cheersing in bars to ending the occupation of Palestine – no shame and f— your glares #ISupportGaza #FreePalestine.”

He has also made posts criticizing Republicans for being overly fixated on “white grievance politics.” There is also an explicit request to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the United States. 

Fox News Digital has contacted Cherry to get his thoughts on how his ideas have changed. Fox News Digital was previously informed by White House senior deputy press secretary Andrew Bates that the White House was “very proud to have Tyler on the team.”

To the dismay of the Democratic Party’s progressive side, the Biden administration has reiterated its backing for Israel as it fights Hamas in retaliation for the terrorist organization’s onslaught on October 7 that claimed almost 1,200 lives and resulted in hundreds of hostages. 

However, there has been a growing divide between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Biden’s administration in recent months. As the number of deaths in Gaza has increased over the past few months, the White House has been more critical of his leadership.