Hashtags #ObamaGate and #TrumpJealousOfObama are trending on Twitter, with the former enjoying an advantage over the latter, as US President Donald Trump's tweet simply reads: "OBAMAGATE!". The tweet battle goes on amid a recent announcement by the Department of Justice that it will drop all charges against a former Trump White House national security adviser, General Michael Flynn, who, was alleged, contacted Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Former US President Barack Obama called the DOJ decision "unprecedented" in what is said to be a recording of the former two-term Democratic preisdent talking to members of the Obama Alumni Association. The lead attorney for Flynn accused Obama of being involved in a plot against the former national security adviser, saying that the 44th US president knew about Flynn's phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak weeks before the former's interview with the FBI.
OBAMAGATE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2020
Trump supporters immediately echoed their commander in chief's accusations against the Obama administration, declaring that the Obama White House used their final weeks in charge to sabotage incoming officials.
Netizens who support Obama in this trend use hashtag #TrumpJealousOfObama, and suggest that POTUS is trying to place blame on the Obama administration out of jealousy.
#Trump is a weak, small man, driven by petty jealousies. He knows he can never measure up to anyone with intelligence; integrity; and empathy. #PresidentObama is a good man and a great leader. Trump is neither, and it eats at him every day. #TrumpsJealousOfObama https://t.co/wsEao3wfFN— Therese Flanagan 🌊 (@thereseflanagan) May 10, 2020
Childish!!!! Revisionism!!Obama won twice with over 50% of the vote. Trump got 3 million less than @HillaryClinton and 46%. Plus, he inherited an economy that had 74 consecutive months of growth. Trump misread COVID-19. BIG MISTAKE ! Now 14.5% unemployment and 80000 dead .— John Parisella (@JohnParisella) May 10, 2020
The DOJ motion to drop the charges against Flynn came on Thursday. The former general plead guilty in 2017 to contacting Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election - a deal he sought to withdraw by insisting that the FBI had tricked him into lying.
The probe into Flynn was a part of a wider investigation of alleged Moscow interference in the 2016 US presidential election - interference that both Russia and Trump have denied.