A long list of prominent figures has been pressured to apologize for old social media posts deemed inappropriate in today’s society.
Jamal Simmons, the recently appointed communication director for Vice President Kamala Harris, recently became the latest name added to that list.
“Why wouldn’t ICE pick them up?”
According to Newsmax, he faced a mounting backlash over tweets dating back to 2010 that are now being denounced as anti-immigrant. In one such post, he asked why Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents did not step in to detain the two “undocumented folks” he had just seen “talking on MSNBC.”
Later the same day, he reiterated his query in a similarly worded tweet, asking: “Why wouldn’t ICE pick them up?”
In a third tweet, Simmons endorsed a “common sense” plan that would “harden borders” and “ease visas.”
His remarks resurfaced this week after Harris named him to the top spot on her communications team. The news led to criticism from the left and prompted him to offer a contrite explanation.
“As a pundit for much of my career I have tweeted a lot and spoken out on public issues,” Simmons said. “Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark.”
“Humility, sincerity and respect”
He went on to apologize directly to those working to make “America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be.”
In his new role in the vice president’s office, he pledged to carry out his duties “with humility, sincerity and respect.”
A similar apology appeared on his Twitter account: “As a pundit I tweeted+spoke A LOT. At times I’ve been sarcastic, unclear or plainly missed the mark. I apologize for offending ppl who care as much as I do about making America the best, multiethnic, diverse democracy+I’ll rep the Biden-Harris admin w/humility, sincerity+respect.”
Simmons is taking over the role vacated by Ashley Etienne, who recently announced her resignation. Etienne was just one of several high-ranking officials in the Harris office to quit over the past several months amid reports of a dysfunctional work environment.
Two more top staffers announced their exits in recent days, bringing the total number of resignations to seven since June.