Donald Trump retweets racist image featuring Barack Obama

Donald Trump retweets racist image featuring Barack Obama

I don't think it's that controversial to say that President Trump does not think too highly of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The former host of the Celebrity Apprentice was one of the more vocal proponents of the Birther conspiracy theory (where it was alleged that Obama was not actually born in the United States, invalidating his presidency), and repeatedly criticized the former Illinois Senator throughout the course of his time in the White House.

The anti-Obama rhetoric did not stop once Trump himself was inaugurated in January of this year, however.

Back in March, Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the election process, and a great deal of Trump's legislative activity so far has been aimed at reversing flagship Obama progress. Most notably, there was an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Now, in the wake of the solar eclipse that occurred earlier this week, Trump's latest jab at Obama over Twitter took on a guise that was in pretty poor taste.

Solar eclipse Credit: NASA

Last Monday, August 21, the Moon passed in front of the Sun, in a solar eclipse seen from coast-to-coast in the United States - a phenomenon that hadn't occurred in nearly a century.

We all had our own takes on the event; actress Sarah Jessica Parker gave us a pretty entertaining running commentary of the events, while Trump himself was notable online for looking directly at it without any sort of eye protection. More importantly, though, there were memes, and one particular meme caught the President's eye as he retweeted it on Twitter.

The tweet came from Jerry Travone, a self-proclaimed actor whose Twitter bio says as follows: "Proud Trump supporter and pushback against liberalism. God bless America".

Unsurprisingly, this didn't go down so well on Twitter. With this poorly-conceived retweet coming shortly after Trump came in for heavy criticism for his comments on the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Twitter was once again out in droves to mercilessly mock the President for his meme retweet.

Needless to say, Twitter was far from impressed. With the Trump administration having courted controversy throughout its seven-month existence, the past week will represent another testing time for Donald Trump and his associates and advisors at the White House.

Apart from his controversial and contradictory comments following at Charlottesville, President Trump has also come in for criticism for his speech at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Taking a characteristically aggressive stance, Trump attacked the media as is common during his presidency, and he followed up his retweet here by again tweeting his disapproval of the media's portrayal of him.

Donald Trump's presidency so far has been dominated by comparisons to his predecessor, and after an unsuccessful attempt to repeal Obama's flagship healthcare act, the 70-year-old will be loathe to invite further criticism as the ninth month of his term begins. This might have been his idea of a joke, but President Trump has a long way to go if he wishes to truly eclipse Obama.