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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former President Barack Obama was soundly chastised on social media after is issued a series of tweets that conflated the horrific murder of 19 Texas elementary students and two teachers at the hands of a deranged teen gunman with the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
On Tuesday, Salvador Ramos, 18, entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas at approximately 11:30 a.m., armed with an AR-15 assault-style rifle and a handgun. From there, he proceeded to barricade himself inside an occupied fourth grade classroom and then opened fire on everyone within, killing 19 children and two teachers before being killed himself by responding police.
The massacre represented the 27th school shooting in 2022 so far, and the deadliest since Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, which left 26 dead.
The shooting took place one day before the two-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, an event that kicked off mass demonstrations, rioting, and looting across the country, something that former President Obama attempted to tie into the Robb Elementary bloodbath in a Twitter thread on Wednesday.
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“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 said. “His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”
“In the aftermath of his murder, a new generation of activists rose up to channel their anguish into organized action, launching a movement to raise awareness of systemic racism and the need for criminal justice and police reform,”
Obama continued in a follow-up tweet, and then in a second follow-up, he advertised his foundation, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
However, response to Obama’s series of tweets was mixed, with many soundly criticizing the former Commander-In-Chief for his purportedly tone-deaf response to a still-fresh national tragedy.
CEO of The Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon, tweeted in response,
“’It sucks those kids died, but remember George Floyd? He’s who I’m still thinking about.’ — Barack Obama.”
Former Congressional candidate Barrington Martin II tweeted,
“No sir, it doesn’t. The media made a martyr out of a man who didn’t deserve it. Those babies were truly innocent, he wasn’t. Let’s not put them in the same sentence of a man who’s untimely death was used to unleash a summer’s worth of chaos in the name of faux social justice.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, said,
“This is truly sick. 19 innocent children and 2 hero teachers were killed… and to the Divider-in-Chief, the real victim of Uvalde is George Floyd?”
“What in the world does the former have to the do with the latter?” queried conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
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