Washington, DC – The new senior advisor for diversity and inclusion for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is a former gang member who recently called Capitol Police “white supremacists.”
“The answer to white supremacists storming the Capitol is not to give more money to a different group of white supremacists who’s [sic] job it is to uphold white supremacy,” felon-turned-criminal justice advocate Dyjuan Tatro tweeted on Jan. 8 about a proposal to increase the Capitol Police budget, FOX News reported.
The tweet was deleted after FOX News reported on it.
One U.S. Capitol police officer died as a result of injuries sustained during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and another committed suicide.
Numerous Capitol Police and DC police officers were seriously injured trying to protect the Capitol building and members of Congress.
Tatro was appointed to senior advisor of strategic outreach for the DCCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Department on Feb. 3, according to a press release from the DCCC chairman, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York).
The appointment came after he posted the remarks about the Capitol Police less than a month earlier, and following numerous social media posts that supported rioting and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis police.
“I don’t understand why you can’t CONDEMN VIOLENT POLICE [and] acknowledge LOOTING as a VITAL form of social PROTEST” Tatro tweeted on Aug. 27, 2020. “And, how about YOU not use sterilized language when referring to state sanctioned murder while maligning protests against the systemic racism that enables it.”
I don't understand why you can't CONDEMN VIOLENT POLICE & acknowledge LOOTING as a VITAL form of social PROTEST.
And, how about YOU not use sterilized language when referring to state sanctioned murder while maligning protests against the systemic racism that enables it. 1/2 https://t.co/soWSsgPiEH
— Dyjuan Tatro (@DyjuanTatro) August 27, 2020
“To all those people who want to reform the police because all cops aren’t bad, should we just go ahead and revive Nazism because all Nazis weren’t bad? I didn’t think so. Case closed,” he wrote in another since-deleted tweet, FOX News reported.
Tatro is best known for having appeared in the PBS documentary “College Behind Bars,” the New York Post reported.
The series followed a group of inmates trying to earn college degrees while serving their sentences in prison.
Tatro got a bachelor’s degree during a six-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy, the New York Post reported.
He was convicted on that felony while he was already serving time for shooting two rival gang members in 2006.
The future Democratic campaign strategist confessed to being a “triggerman” in shootings for the Original Gangsta Killas in Albany, the New York Post reported.
He also confessed to a 2002 “razor slashing” and admitted to having dealt drugs.
The New York Post reported that Tatro admitted he’d made $12,000 a month dealing drugs and had conspired to traffic more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.
Tatro was released from prison in 2017 and became a criminal justice reform advocate.
Republican lawmakers mocked the Democrats’ appointment of the recently-released felon, the New York Post reported.
“It’s certainly on-brand for criminal-coddling Democrats, but the rest of America will find it disturbing that a murderous gang member is holding a prominent position with the DCCC,” New York State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
“Second chances are one thing, but I would have to question Congressman Maloney’s judgment to put someone with such a violent past at the top of their organization,” Langworthy added.
DCCC Communications Director Cole Leiter pushed back on Twitter the day after the New York Post exposed the background behind their latest poster boy.
“@DyjuanTatro serves his time. Then @DCCC hires him after he becomes a national leader in a bipartisan movement to reform prison education systems. @NYPost publishes trash headline,” Leiter tweeted, referring to the headline “House Dems hire ex-gang member to top campaign post” that ran on Sunday.
“Dyjuan is a formerly incarcerated person who has worked hard to change the trajectory of his life through education and service to his community,” the DCCC said in a statement, according to the New York Post.
“He has served his time for the crimes he committed and is now a national leader in the bipartisan movement to reform our criminal justice system and bring meaningful improvements to the education system in American prisons,” the press release read. “Such critical work breaks cycles of recidivism by making sure more people leave prison with the skills to hold down a job and contribute to their communities.”