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DCCC’s new outreach adviser, a former gangbanger, scrubs tweets critical of Biden-Harris

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s new senior strategic outreach adviser disparaged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Twitter in 2019 and 2020 but deleted his posts after being named to his position earlier this month.

Also, DyJuan Tatro, 34, posted tweets that disparaged Capitol Police following last month’s riot, comparing them to “white supremacists,” the New York Post reported.

“I would like people like you to sit down & think about the harm Joe Biden & men like him have caused, orchestrated, and perpetuated in communities of color,” Tatro noted in a tweet posted in May 2020. “Joe Biden has hurt my community. I don’t want Trump or Joe Biden to win.”

Tatro is a former gang banger and triggerman who was convicted of and imprisoned for shooting two other gang members and for criminal racketeering. Once a member of the Albany, New York-based Original Gangsta Killas street gang, Tatro admitted to the two shootings as well as “razor-slashing” another person. At one point prior to his initial arrest and conviction in 2006, he told police he was making roughly $12,000 a month trafficking in drugs.

After he was released from prison in 2017, he began advocating for providing inmates with more education via a Bard College program known as the Bard Prison Initiative, through which he earned a bachelor’s degree while behind bars. He also gained national notoriety as a member of a three-inmate debate team that defeated another team from Harvard University.

The effort to bring him aboard the DCCC was led by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), but it is his previous tweeted criticisms of the current president and vice president, as well as the Capitol Police, that are now drawing attention to him and the organization he was hired to represent.

In another tweet, Tatro also knocked the president for supporting a 1994 tough-on-crime bill as a U.S. senator from Delaware.

“Old Joe hasn’t yet realized that this is 2019, not 1994. One would think he would admit to being wrong and get out of the mud. Instead, he’s rolling it. That’s not the best way to get clean. As the saying goes: you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” he wrote in September 2019.

In April 2019, he tweeted of Biden in all caps: “HE IS ALSO AN ARCHITECT OF MASS INCARCERATION. WHAT HE HELPED BUILD HAS RUINED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PLEASE DON’T OVERLOOK THIS ASPECT OF HIS CHARACTER.”

Tatro also took aim at Harris, who was San Francisco’s district attorney before being elected to the Senate in California.

“I’m really tired of Black men saying Kamala Harris was only doing her job as a prosecutor while she waged war on black and brown bodies because that’s the same line police use when they murder unarmed Black men. This is a really sh—y dichotomy,” he wrote in July 2019.

Two days after the Capitol riot, Tatro took to Twitter to accuse Capitol Police of being 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,” he wrote.

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died following the riot, reportedly from injuries received while trying to defend the building.

Jon Dougherty

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