Despite Trump's seeming concern, social media users accused him of exploiting public sentiment posting the tribute.
Following the tragic death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, several celebrities and notable figures took to social media and expressed their condolences for the shocking loss. United States President Donald Trump happened to be one of many who honored the former NBA star on Sunday. However, his tribute was met with severe criticism by netizens who pointed out glaring similarities between Donald Trump's tweet and former POTUS Barack Obama who had posted a few hours earlier.
Imagine tweeting again about Kobe Bryant only cuz Obama's tweet has over 1,000,000+ likes and your frail ego can't handle it.— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) 27 January 2020
The tweet in question read: Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating... In a follow-up post, he wrote: .....Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all! Overlooking the sentiment behind this post, Twitterati slammed Trump for clearly mirroring the structure of Obama's tribute, which was posted almost two hours before, reports Business Insider.
The original, from a legitimate POTUS before it was plagiarized: pic.twitter.com/IIxXFqvuBs— Trinity (@TrinityResists) 27 January 2020
This is what Obama tweeted: Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day. Even Vox Journalist Aaron Rupar agreed that both the tweets were quite similar. Uploading screenshots of both the tweets, Rupar wrote: Trump’s tweet about Kobe is remarkably similar to Obama’s.
Meanwhile, Business Insider's John Haltiwanger noted: Trump’s Instagram post on Kobe Bryant is worded in an extremely similar way to Obama’s earlier tweet. Furthermore, Trump was branded an opportunist soon after he posted his initial tribute which appeared three hours before the second one. The tweet read: Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news! Despite Trump's seeming concern, social media users accused him of exploiting public sentiment by doing so. Kobe hated you, wrote one of the users.
Another expressed: That is terrible news, exacerbated by the fact that you’re still in office. You don’t respect Black athletes. Keep Kobe’s name out of your... mouth. Several Twitter users made it a point to post links of Bryant's tweets from 2017, where the deceased criticized Trump. A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly 'Make America Great Again', said Bryant according to the outlet.