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.
Was the Obama team ready for Katrina?
— Maurice Bourgeois (@SuckLeafs) August 25, 2017
He isn’t playing golf, like Obama during Katrina.
— CJES (@Carolyn31806792) August 29, 2017
Will you please get lost. Where were you when Katrina hit, oh right, playing golf. Now you want to play president. NEVER again
— Annie Kleynjans (@AnnieKleynjans) August 28, 2017
Quick note about this bot thing happening. Multiple bots are saying “Trump is a better president. Obama was golfing during Katrina!” pic.twitter.com/ioVrUlY3lQ
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 29, 2017
Looking up “Obama Katrina” is a fun game for discovering people who somehow have zero memory beyond four years ago. pic.twitter.com/Va4r6PFNhs
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 28, 2017
…Obama went golfing at Martha’s Vineyard during Katrina..America forgets not….https://t.co/nXGWcY1phL
— Ace (@ace_duece_kicka) August 26, 2017
Let’s not forget Obama during Katrina…. pic.twitter.com/LhAGkC3w1X
— Joker40324 (@joker40324) August 27, 2017
Obama played golf for a whole week before doing anything after katrina hit.
— Joy Stewart (@ColtsFanJlynRN) August 26, 2017
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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