Critics say former President Barack Obama had a tone-deaf post linking the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to the two-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd.
The former president shared the message on Twitter on Wednesday in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School, in which 19 children and two fourth-grade teachers were killed.
“As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we must take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer.” Obama tweeted, “His murder is still with all of us, especially those who love him.”
As officials in Texas were identifying the victims of the slaughter and calculating the aftermath, some critics slammed Obama for including the death of Floyd, whose May 25, 2020 arrest took place in Minneapolis. Was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin.
Seth Dillon, CEO of right-wing news publication The Babylon Bee, tweeted sarcastically: “It sucks that those kids died, but remember George Floyd? He’s the one I’m still thinking about.” – Barack Obama.”
Emanuele Rincon, editor-at-large at the conservative Latino publication L’American, wrote: “The families of the more than 20 people (mostly children) killed yesterday do not deserve this humiliation.”
Barrington Martin II, a former congressional candidate from Georgia, vehemently denounced Obama’s explicitly acknowledging the school shooting that coincided with the murder of Floyd.
“Those kids were really innocent, he wasn’t. Let’s not put them in the same sentence as a man whose untimely death was used to ignite a summer’s worth of chaos in the name of fake social justice.” He tweeted, referring to the months of protests that followed Floyd’s death.
Jason Whitlock, host of the right-wing podcast Fearless, strongly condemned Obama’s remarks: “Let’s make George Floyd stand over the bodies of children who were killed. This is one of the worst tweets in history.”
Other critics of the 44th US president expressed their dismay more succinctly, with pundit Matt Walsh simply writing: “What’s wrong with God’s name.”
On the day of the Uvalde tragedy, Obama issued a lengthy statement on Instagram, condemning the violence and calling for strict gun control measures.
“Michelle and I grieve with the families of Uvalde, who are experiencing the pain no one else should have to endure,” he wrote. “We’re angry with him too.”
“Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook – and ten days after Buffalo – our country is paralyzed not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that has shown no desire to act in any way that can help prevent these tragedies.”