Former President Barack Obama has released an official statement signed by himself and Michelle in response to the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings that rocked the nation last weekend. In the tweeted statement, he condemns inaction on gun control, white nationalist terrorism, and leaders who spout rhetoric that fuels these problems.

The last paragraph is clearly referencing Donald Trump and his frequent and racist attacks on immigrants and people of color.

“We should soundly reject language coming of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racists sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people,” the statement reads.


Obama also explicitly mentioned “racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” saying that all must be defeated and have no place in America.

In a follow-up tweet, the former president also called out his fellow Democrats for talking about—but failing—to pass meaningful gun control legislation that might reduce the severity and frequency of mass shootings in the U.S.

Obama himself has said that one of the biggest regrets he holds about his eight years as President is his own failure to pass gun control legislation. To be fair, it’s a really difficult thing to do with the powerful NRA lobby and every Republican standing against you.

Aside from right-wing whataboutism, people are appreciating this response from the former president.

Thanks, Obama. No sarcasm.

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*First Published: August 5, 2019, 1:47 pm