Obamagate trend surpasses 3 million tweets within hours on twitter
US president, Donald Trump has been retweeting conspiracy theories regarding Obama’s involvement in the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
- Trump tweets ‘Obamagate’ after former president blasts administration’s response to COVID-19
- Obama called Trump’s response to the virus an ‘absolute chaotic disaster’, and indicated that the government’s ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude is to blame
Former President Barack Obama delivered a blistering attack on Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling it “an absolute chaotic disaster” as well as “anemic.”
Obama’s remarks, first reported by Yahoo News, came in a leaked call as the former president exhorted members of his administration to rally behind presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The comments were perhaps the most scathing criticism Obama has yet delivered of his successor in the White House.
Critics have said the U.S. government wasted precious time in February by failing to ramp up testing and stockpile supplies as the coronavirus spread in Europe. The U.S. now leads the world in confirmed Covid-19 infections, with nearly 1.3 million as of Saturday. More than 78,000 have died in the U.S. from the virus.
However, Trump has defended his handling of the pandemic, repeatedly highlighting his Jan. 31 decision to impose travel restrictions barring most non-U.S. citizens from entering the U.S. after recent visits to China. “We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA,” he tweeted Sunday morning. “Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as the H1NI1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls – didn’t have a clue!”
“President Trump’s coronavirus response has been unprecedented and saved American lives,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany added in a statement on Saturday.
“While Democrats were pursuing a sham witch hunt against President Trump, President Trump was shutting down travel from China. While Democrats encouraged mass gatherings, President Trump was deploying PPE, ventilators, and testing across the country.”
Trump tweets more than 100 times in one day as coronavirus death toll nears 80,000
Trump intensified his criticism of Obama on Sunday, after retweeting a photo of the former president with the word ‘OBAMAGATE’ splashed across it.
He got caught, OBAMAGATE! https://t.co/oV6fum0zIS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
The biggest political crime in American history, by far! https://t.co/m5nPdUHt4u
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2020
In an interview with ABC News, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said he didn’t “understand” what Obama was saying. It just sounds so darn political to me. Look, what we have done may not be 100 percent perfect. These things happen once every 100 years,” Kudlow said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 12,469 Americans died from the H1N1 pandemic, from about 61 million cases.
Obama, in Friday’s remarks, cast the U.S. response to the virus as an outgrowth of tribalism as he sought to emphasize the urgency of the November election.
“What we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party. What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life” as well as internationally, Obama said.