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Brandon Tatum

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Brandon Tatum(b. April 22, 1987,) an American political activist, is Director of Urban Engagement at Turning Point USA. He is a former officer with the Tucson Police Department. Tatum is a former University of Arizona football player, where he played from 2005 to 2008.[1]

Childhood and education[edit]

Tatum, son of Bobby Tatum of Forth Worth and Brenda Burleson of Arlington, Texas. Father Bobby Tatum is a captain in the Ft. Worth Fire Department, and a graduate of Tarrant County College and Dallas Baptist University.[2] Brandon Tatum graduated from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and was recruited to the University of Arizona as a football player.[3][4][5][6][7][8].

Tatum's had told audiences that he grew up in a two-parent, religious family in a majority black neighborhood.[9] When he was eight, he says that he was caught smoking marijuana in a vacant house, that he spent time in juvenile detention, and the it taught him that he needed to keep within the law.[9]


Tatum was a police officer in Tucson, Arizona when he drew attention with social media posts alleging violent behavior by Trump opponents during a Trump campaign rally he attended in Tucson on March 19, 2016.[10][11] According to Alexander Zaitchik, "The video fueled the debate about how to protest Trump, how and whether to engage his supporters, and the ethics and efficacy of trying to stop his events from taking place altogether."[12][13]

Tatum drew attention again in 2017 for criticizing American football players who refused to stand during the singing of the National Anthem.[14][11]

In October 2017 Tatum announced that he was resigning from the Tucson Police Department to take a job with the Conservative Tribune website in Phoenix.[15]

Tatum is the Director of Urban Engagement at Turning Point USA.[16][17] He has joined Candace Owens in her Blexit movement which seeks to encourage African Americans to leave the Democratic Party of the United States.[18][17][19] Brandon urges campus audiences to WalkAway from the Democratic Party as he did.[9]

Tatum, a supporter of President Trump, is an emerging and vocal leader in a movement often referred to as Black conservatism in the United States,[20][16] and has been described as of "high visibility".[21]


  1. Jessica Chasmar (21 March 2016). "Tucson cop's video slamming 'hateful' anti-Trump protesters goes viral". The Washington Times. Retrieved 11 March 2019. Tucson Police Officer Brandon Tatum, who is black
  2. [https://arizonawildcats.com/sports/2007/4/18/207974480.aspx} University of Arizona Football
  3. Moreditch, John (11 November 2004). "Texas safety Tatum will play for Cats". Tucson Citizen.
  4. Helm, Angela (30 September 2017). "This Black Cop Proves That Not All Skinfolk Are Kinfolk". The Root (magazine). Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. Allis, Brad (17 January 2005). "Arizona recruits do well for West all-stars: While Borg and Tatum star on field, Udofia is still unsure about his choice". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. Moreditch, John (27 August 2005). "Dynamic Tatum eager to contribute: Expectations are high for the frosh safety, who shocked coaches in strength and conditioning tests". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  7. Durrenburger, Charles (18 August 2005). "Tatum leaps into UA focus as a freshman". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. Kaila White (29 September 2017). "Tucson officer says NFL anthem protesters are 'crying like a baby,' gets national attention". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 11 March 2019. Tatum played football for the University of Arizona from 2005 through 2008
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Rowland, Maddox (25 March 2019). "Turning Point USA urges CMU students to 'Walk Away' from the Democratic Party". Central MIchigan Life. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  10. Bever, Lindsey (21 March 2016). "Police officer: Trump protesters were 'the most hateful, evil people I've ever seen'". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Steller, Tim (29 September 2017). "Tucson police officer pushes boundaries with viral rants". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. Zaitchik, Alexander (3 April 2016). "My week inside the Donald Trump campaign: Sheriff Joe, Sean Hannity and behind the scenes at an Arizona rally and Trump HQ". Salon. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. Zaitchik, Alexander (2016). The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America. Skyhores. ISBN 9781510714304 Length Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help). Retrieved 21 March 2019. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. "Arizona Police Officer Slams 'Crybaby' NFL Anthem Protesters". September 29, 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  15. Stellar, Tim (13 October 2017). "Steller's Friday Notebook". Arizona Daily Star (original). TCS (full text online). Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Strauss, Brian (30 October 2018). "Jason Whitlock to young black conservatives: 'I'm here to tell you how' to be leaders". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Nelson, Rebecca (6 March 2019). "Candace Owens Is the New Face of Black Conservatism". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  18. Williams, Stereo (31 October 2018). "Kanye West's Light-Bulb Moment and the Folly of Black Conservatism". Daily Beast. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  19. "The National Hosting Conservative Blexit Rally". Style Weekly. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  20. DeCiccio, Emily; Howard, Christopher (27 October 2018). "Young black conservatives unite around President Trump". Fox News. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  21. "Raving St. Louis-Based Trump Supporter Invited to White House Black History Month Dinner". Riverfront Times. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019. Brandon Tatum and Candace Owens, both figures in the cadre of high-visibility black Trump supporters, a group that also includes the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk

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