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House Dem campaign committee hires ex-gangster who called Capitol Police "white supremacists"

DCCC defended hiring saying he had served his time and is now a national leader in criminal justice education reform movement

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Dyjuan Tatro
Dyjuan Tatro
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Updated: February 15, 2021 - 6:15pm

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently hired a new senior advisor for strategic outreach, who referred to police officers as "white supremacists" after last month's breach of the U.S. Capitol, and had previously condoned the looting that took place last summer following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

"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," Dyjuan Tatro tweeted in regard to the Capitol Police budget. 

Tatro made those comments prior to joining the DCCC in early February.

He was featured in a 2019 documentary, "College Behind Bars," for earning a degree while still in prison. He served his time for a number of gang related offenses, including shooting rival gang members, "razor slashing" and drug dealing. He was freed from prison in 2017. 

A DCCC spokesman, Cole Leiter defended Tatro after the New York Post published an article detailing Tatro's criminal history. 

"Dyjuan Tatro serves his time. Then DCCC hires him after he becomes a national leader in a bipartisan movement to reform prison education systems. [New York] Post publishes trash headline," Leiter tweeted on Monday.

A DCCC press release said that hiring Tatro and other operatives would bring "years of critical experience in progressive politics, and a valuable range of background."

Republicans pushed back, saying that hiring Tatro will reinforce criticism that Democrats are soft on crime.

"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," said New York state Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy.

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