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Former President Barack Obama thought he would weigh in on National Gun Violence Awareness Day with a social media post to show his support for the issue.
But the nation’s 44th president may have gotten a response he hadn’t expected when he declared that “we #WearOrange” in a tweet on Friday.
“On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we #WearOrange to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence––which continues to disproportionately harm Black communities. Then keep speaking up, voting, and changing laws across the country,” Obama tweeted Friday in the annual call to action on gun safety.
On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we #WearOrange to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence––which continues to disproportionately harm Black communities. Then keep speaking up, voting, and changing laws across the country.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 5, 2020
But the reference to wearing orange to honor the victims of gun violence took a turn in Obama’s post as Twitter users quickly made a different connection.
You’ll be wearing orange soon enough, Barry. pic.twitter.com/vu5l4XZ8uq
— FarThrustStarDust (@DustFar) June 5, 2020
You should be wearing an orange jumpsuit.
— Harriet Baldwin Text Trump 88022 (@HarrietBaldwin) June 5, 2020
You should be wearing orange every day
— Eric (@neoconfederate1) June 5, 2020
— ✨Seek Truth ✨ (@seektruth760) June 5, 2020
Hundreds of tweets with the hashtag #ObamaGate followed, referring to the controversy over claims that Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and other Obama administration officials were behind efforts to unmask former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
President Trump told reporters last month that he had “no doubt” that Obama and Biden were “involved” in the crimes committed before he took office in what he had referred to as “ObamaGate.”
— Cherry Eleven (@5Dnot5G) June 5, 2020
But Obama’s #WearOrange tweet and comment on gun violence in Black communities sparked another wave of backlash as Twitter users pointed out his dismal record on the issue.
You had 8yrs. You wasted each one. Now you are a Monday morning quarterback/activist. Most Presidents allow the next President to do his job without so much interference. Your tweets are divisive in a passive aggressive manner. Thought someone should let you know.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) June 5, 2020
You did nothing. pic.twitter.com/2XgqNACbbL
— James Rodney LeMacks (@RodneyLeMacks) June 5, 2020
Gun violence disproportionately affecting black communities is happening in democrat run cities with strict gun control laws.
WTF are you talking about???
— T. A. 🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸 (@tap364) June 5, 2020
So @BarackObama, your Hollywood Homies are petitioning to #DefundPolice, and you and your cohorts want to take away the #2ndAmendment. These two things cannot exist in the same universe at the same time. This will only lead to vigilante justice, just the the Wild West.
— Brenda 🇺🇸 (@Caiophora) June 5, 2020
You mean like your Fast & Furious scandal?
— Ben Lee (@redbikemaster) June 5, 2020
More lip service and social media grandstanding by the do nothing ex president who served two terms, bravo
— TMG (@GasbarroTom) June 6, 2020
Obama signed 23 executive actions on gun violence just in January 2013 but never effectively got Congress to pass gun legislation while he was president.
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