Former President Barack Obama faced backlash for what some are calling his worst public tweet ever when he compared the death of George Floyd to the deaths of the 19 elementary students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas earlier in the week.
The former president was called out for mentioning Floyd as the nation’s attention was turned to the deaths of the 21 Texas residents. Obama, however, called for remembrance of Floyd the day after their death, due to it being the two-year 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,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 25, 2022
The former president called for criminal justice reform and promised a “reimagining policing pledge” in additional tweets, causing Twitter users to react badly to his political twist on the situation.
Florida Republican Vice Chairman Christian Ziegler didn’t mince words castigating Obama for being insensitive: “Quickest, weirdest and most insensitive Tweet Pivot I have seen,” Ziegler tweeted. “Obama turned the page on the children of Uvalde and moved the attention to George Floyd in less then 280 characters. I mean… couldn’t he have separated the two into 2 Tweets and waited 2 mins between both posts?”
No….This is who we need to remember on this day. pic.twitter.com/4PGDxOo4vh
— Mel (@Mel00046827) May 26, 2022
“I’ve seen some awful tweets in my time, but this has to be one of the very worst,” one person tweeted while Blaze podcast host Jason Whitlock wrote, “Let’s stand George Floyd on the dead bodies of slaughtered children. This is one of the worst tweets in history.”
Let’s stand George Floyd on the dead bodies of slaughtered children. This is one of the worst tweets in history. https://t.co/RYQBzvJpnN
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) May 25, 2022
Washington Examiner contributor Harry Khachatrian added commentary saying that “innocent children gunned down in an elementary school is absolutely not comparable to a criminal being wrongly killed by police mid-arrest.”
Should’ve started with that and stopped there
— NetScape (@municipaltapout) May 26, 2022