President Donald Trump is under fire for tweets he posted early Tuesday morning attacking Barack Obama after the former President issued a thinly-veiled statement criticizing Trump for contributing to a climate in which white supremacist domestic terror mass shootings are increasing. Less than 24 hours earlier – after all but ignoring two mass shootings that stole the lives of 31 people over the weekend, President Trump addressed the American people on national television. In that short speech he condemned racism and white supremacism, but some say his tweets Tuesday negate those remarks.
Trump quoted “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, who had said mass shootings also happened under President Obama, but former President George W. Bush never blamed him for them.
“Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his re… https://t.co/4BqF1NB5Ro— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1565088463.0
As some noted, President Obama didn’t daily stoke racist hatred and espouse white nationalist and white supremacist views, demonize non-whites and immigrants, and enact policies to advance a white ethnostate agenda.
Trump also repeated his false claim, tweeting, “I am the least racist person.”
“It’s political season and the election is around the corner. They want to continue to push that racist narrative.”… https://t.co/1bAr6QNeEF— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1565089032.0
Here’s how many are responding:
Trump has now pivoted from condemning white supremacy in a canned speech to criticizing the country’s first black p… https://t.co/xogqQg9z0a— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) 1565089723.0
Not even 24 hours ago, the president called for the nation to put aside partisan bickering to solve gun violence. https://t.co/vplcUAkoJi— Evan McMurry (@Evan McMurry) 1565092334.0
Brian Kilmeade complains about Barack Obama's statement about the Dayton and El Paso shootings: "Did George Bush ev… https://t.co/CYvBWQYI1D— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis) 1565087428.0
So much for the speech he could barely read. Back to form. https://t.co/DuImxAaRLM— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1565088928.0
@realDonaldTrump @kilmeade @foxandfriends Well, tbf, Obama never used the language of mass shooter and/or white sup… https://t.co/xYhu5hyaZ2— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮) 1565090511.0
I thought this racist mofo talked of unity but here we are not even 24h later 💀 https://t.co/jWqPfzGN05— Mercedes Nuñez (@Mercedes Nuñez) 1565092044.0
Obama didn’t call any of the murderers very fine people, either. https://t.co/0Q3DNCbdiW— jelani cobb (@jelani cobb) 1565091566.0
That’s because the Sandy Hook mass shooter didn’t lay out guns that spelled Obama’s name, didn’t recite Obama’s wor… https://t.co/AWOKktoMds— Neera Tanden (@Neera Tanden) 1565090005.0
Told you. He couldn't even last a day. This is who he is. https://t.co/ElVc1oH4wn— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali) 1565089512.0
@realDonaldTrump @kilmeade @foxandfriends You’ve had 250 already this year— Roland Scahill (@Roland Scahill) 1565089631.0