Every president is judged by the way they handle natural disasters. Many have criticized Trump's behavior in the wake of Hurricane Harvey — how he commented on the crowd size while visiting victims or used the perceived spike in TV ratings from the natural disaster as a platform from which to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And whenever there's criticism of Trump, attacks on Obama are not far behind. The hounds of Twitter immediately pounced on Obama's supposedly inappropriate response when Katrina devastated the southeast in 2005. But they were forgetting one extremely important fact...
Trump supporters and their Twitter bots had an absolute field day criticizing Obama's response to Hurricane Katrina.
Many spewed the completely false idea that Obama was golfing or on vacation during the hurricane… when we all know that Obama wasn’t even the president during Hurricane Katrina.
George W. Bush was.
The number of tweets touting these “alternative facts” was seemingly endless.
Twitter user @ReignofApril was quick to point out that these tweets are in no way true.
This is how propaganda is spread, folks.
Fake news — like the lie that Obama was golfing during Katrina — infects the minds of people who don’t know better and who won’t do the research to find the truth.
The tweeting continued.
One more time for those in the back: Barack Obama was not the president during Hurricane Katrina.
That was 2005. Obama was elected president three years later, in 2008.
George W. Bush was the president during Katrina, and yes, he visited a golf resort, and yes he got a lot of flack for it.
In 2005, Obama was a junior senator of Illinois.
But don’t try telling that to angry Trump supporters on Twitter.
They’re too busy spreading doctored images and false information.
Even when those wielding the truth tried to make their voices heard, they were drowned out by the lies.
Wait… what does that sign say?
Let’s take a closer look.