Bristol Palin may be a bit confused. Maybe she is getting her political news from the same source her mother is: her imagination.
The daughter of political firebrand and half-term governor of Sarah Palin took issue with President Obama inviting clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed to the White House. Ahmed Mohamed is the high school student from Texas who made his own digital clock and took it to school in a pencil case to show his Engineering teacher. Another teacher reported Ahmed, police were called, and Ahmed was arrested on suspicion of making a bomb.
As has been pointed out many times in social media and news programs, it seems unlikely that anyone actually thought that Ahmed Mohamed had actually made a bomb. If they had, they would have followed protocols such as evacuating the school, calling the bomb squad, and so on. Instead, Ahmed is likely believed to have been perpetrating a bomb hoax.
But that is not how the whole issue has been spread about in social media. Instead, people are laughing at the school administration and police in Texas for believing that a clock was a bomb. If it turns out that Ahmed Mohamed even joked that he had a bomb in his locker, the school administration and police will look much better in hindsight. But so far such revelations have not emerged.
What irked Bristol Palin was that President Obama invited Ahmed Mohamed to the white House via Twitter, saying:
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Bristol Palin saw this as driving a further wedge in America. She laid out her argument this way:
“This is the kind of stuff Obama needs to STAY out of. This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the “Black Lives Matter” crowd and encourages victimhood.
“The police made a mistake, clearly.
“But why put more people against them? Why egg it on? Childish games like this from our president have divided our country… even more today than when he was elected.”
Now social media users are piling on to Bristol Palin, en masse.
Professional victim Bristol Palin very angry that Obama is encouraging racial strife and victimhood by being nice to victim of discriminaton
— Kate Fangman (@KateFangman) September 17, 2015
#BristolPalin There is some kind of a clock that keeps triggering the Palins to periodically pop off and say really stupid stuff. Just STFU
— drhug (@drhug) September 18, 2015
Bristol Palin evidently wants to be like her mom, but those are awfully big shoes to put in your mouth.
— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) September 18, 2015
Perhaps what Bristol Palin is forgetting is that it was her own mother who raised the notion of some people in America being “the real America,” so long as they were supporting her in politics.
Sarah Palin said these areas were “pro-America,” implying that other areas were “anti-America.”
Where Bristol Palin gets the idea that Barack Obama, simply by virtue of his being elected, divided America, is curious. Did he do this on purpose? Or was there some sort of sentiment against him that caused this rift simply because a majority of what must be “un-real, anti-America” voted him into office twice?
I would like to skim the news in the morning without ever reading the phrase "Bristol Palin wrote on her blog…" ever again.
— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) September 18, 2015