Former President Barack Obama was buried under a tsunami of backlash Wednesday for passing over the Uvalde school massacre to honor George Floyd.
What did Obama say?
The second anniversary of Floyd’s death came one day after a teenage gunman opened fire inside an elementary school in south Texas, killing 19 schoolchildren and two teachers.
Obama, therefore, suggested Americans briefly cease grieving the horrific loss of life to “recognize” the anniversary of Floyd’s death.
“As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him,” Obama said.
Obama also honored the “new generation of activists” that rose up after Floyd’s death, who “raise awareness of systemic racism and the need for criminal justice and police reform.”
What was the reaction?
Obama’s tweet generated tens of thousands of responses, most of them negative. After all, details of the Uvalde tragedy are still being worked out, while families of the victims are just beginning the journey of grief.
- “‘It sucks those kids died, but remember George Floyd? He’s who I’m still thinking about.’ — Barack Obama,” Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon mocked.
- “Children, shmildren. Sure those kids died but let’s honor Floyd, a BLM icon. You are my president forever and I’m Canadian. Your ability to say nothing in such an articulate manner is inspiring. Thank you,” professor Gad Saad mocked.
- “What? I will be the first to say that it is hard to find the words for the pain we are all feeling over this shooting. But this is the time to support and lift up these families. This tweet was a flashback to your presidency, further division. Stop already. This is not the time,” Nikki Haley condemned.
- “Let’s stand George Floyd on the dead bodies of slaughtered children. This is one of the worst tweets in history,” commentator Jason Whitlock slammed.
- “What in God’s name is wrong with you,” conservative commentator Matt Walsh questioned.
- “The massacre that happened yesterday does not favor my narrative so much, so let’s skip over the parents’ grief and remind everyone of a misfortune that does favor my narrative to create more hate, after two weekends of mass murders.
Good thinking,” journalist Emmanuel Rincón
- “While I sympathize with the tragedy of George Floyd, it is inappropriate to use the tragedy of the murder of 18 innocent children in the same breath,” another person said.
- “Please don’t bring George Floyd onto the conversation today. It’s apples and pears. Let’s just mourn these poor, poor children and teacher. Leave mentioning George for another time. Thought you’d have more tact @BarackObama,” another person said.
In the wake of the Uvalde bloodshed, Obama called for “any kind of action,” though he did not provide any concrete ideas that could prevent the next mass killing.