US Politics

#ObamaWasBetterAt trends as House slams Trump over congresswomen attacks


#ObamaWasBetterAt is trending on Twitter.

As US President Donald Trump falls deeper into another political controversy, many Americans are becoming nostalgic for his predecessor - or at least taking to social media to express the sentiment.

Mr Trump has continued his attacks on a group of prominent minority Democratic congresswomen, which began with a racially charged tweetstorm over the weekend.

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives moved a resolution condemning the president over the "racist comments". 

In response to the comments, the hashtag #ObamaWasBetterAt has appeared on Twitter and became the top trending phrase in the US.

Supporters of former US President Barack Obama gushed about his personality traits, leadership and policies.

But some of Mr Obama's detractors have hit back, using the hashtag to criticise the former president.

On Wednesday, four Republicans and an independent joined 235 Democrats, who have a majority in the House of Representatives, in supporting the resolution condemning Mr Trump.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump meet.
Barack Obama and Donald Trump meet.

The text "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments that have legitimised and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour".

Mr Trump has a long history of political pandering to white suspicions about other ethnic groups, and in a series of weekend tweets attacking the four congresswomen he urged them to "go back" to their countries of origin.

The congresswomen - all but one of whom were born in the US - are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African-American descent.

But Mr Trump has stuck by the provocative comments and continues to criticise them.

Additional reporting: AFP

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