Trump-Supporting Twitter Users Claim Obama Golfed During Katrina (Except He Wasn’t President)


Fake news — in the original, unadulterated meaning of the term — has flooded back onto Twitter.

As President Donald Trump briefly visited Texas to witness Hurricane Harvey’s damage and encourage victims, a torrent of Twitter users decided to try to gain political points by comparing that to the Presidential response to Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, many Trump supporters accused President Barack Obama of playing golf and ignoring the storm. This, of course, is a ridiculous notion, considering George W. Bush (remember “heckuva job Brownie?”) was president during Katrina and Obama did not become president until 2009.

While the lie seems insane, it appears that some of the claims are intentionally being promoted by Twitter bots designed to spread misinformation and get users who run real accounts to believe them.

And it worked. Trump-supporting users and/or bot accounts slammed Obama for hanging out in Martha’s Vineyard and golfing while the people of Louisiana suffered.

In fact, then-Senator Obama did visit with survivors taking refuge from Hurricane Katrina, in Houston’s Astrodome… even though he wasn’t President.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma