President Barack Obama is not often accused of hitting the wrong political chord, but it happened Wednesday when he linked the murder of George Floyd to the Texas school massacre.
Floyd, 46, died two years ago on Wednesday at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, a birthday largely overshadowed by Tuesday’s horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“As we mourn the children of Uvalde today, we must take the time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer,” Obama tweeted. “His murder remains with us to this day, especially those who loved him.”
Among those who bothered to connect Floyd’s death to the Texas schoolchildren was conservative commentator Jason Whitlock, host of the Blaze Media “Fearless” podcast.
“Let’s put George Floyd on the corpses of slaughtered children. This is one of the worst tweets in history,” tweeted Mr Whitlock.
He went on to say, ‘Brah, this is not it. Little kids being butchered at school is not the same as Floyd dying after resisting arrest while high.”
Christine Pushaw, Press Secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, called the tweet “really sick”.
“19 innocent children and 2 hero teachers were killed… and for the Divider-in-Chief, Uvalde’s real victim is George Floyd?” she tweeted.
Mike Davis, founder and president of the Article III Project, pointed out that Floyd was a career criminal arrested by police on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes at a Cup Foods in Minneapolis.
George Floyd didn’t deserve to die. And the justice system worked,” Mr Davis tweeted. “But he was a criminal asshole. Disgusting Obama thinks the murder of 19 children and 2 teachers is a good time to ‘recognize’ George Floyd.”
Former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted last year of accidental second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for nine minutes kneeling on Floyd’s neck during the arrest.
He appealed last month.
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon posted a parody tweet saying, “’It sucks that those kids died, but remember George Floyd? He’s who I still think of.’- Barack Obama.’
George Floyd > dead children
– Barack Obama https://t.co/SS90qjkOiB
— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) May 26, 2022
The students and teachers were shot dead by a gunman who was himself killed by police who stormed the barricaded fourth-grade classroom. Seventeen people were injured in the attack, but were reportedly in good condition.
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama expressed his condolences to Uvalde’s parents, saying, “Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde who are experiencing pain that no one should bear” as they blow up the “gun lobby.”
President Biden commemorated Floyd’s death by signing an executive order that created a national database of police misconduct; limiting the transfer of military equipment to police forces and requiring federal officers to wear body cameras.
Obama praised the activists protesting Floyd’s death in 2020, which sparked mass demonstrations and rioting in major US cities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the wake of his assassination, a new generation of activists rose to channel their fear into organized action and launch a movement to raise awareness of systemic racism and the need for criminal justice and police reform,” Obama tweeted.
Unlike the Washington Post, however, Obama did not say that Floyd had been shot.
The newspaper deleted a tweet on Monday saying he was “shot dead in police custody,” as shown in a screenshot of Curtis Houck, editor-in-chief of Media Research Center.
Not only did The Washington Post screw this up in their tweet (left) about how George Floyd died, they did the same on their own website (right) pic.twitter.com/nWhNEAvFke
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 24, 2022