Fake tweet about Trump ending Obama’s mentorship program goes viral with 447,000 likes
A fake tweet claiming President Donald Trump ended a black mentorship program, “My Brother’s Keeper,” on his first day in office has received over 447,000 likes and 157,000 retweets.
The tweet was in response to another tweet made by Trump supporter Kanye West declaring “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed”.
a lot of people don’t know this but while Obama was in office he started the “my brothers keeper” program which was a mentorship program for at risk youth in urban areas like Chicago. my sister worked for it and it was the presidents pet project. Donald ended it his first day https://t.co/AdyIyT92zn
— FIONA (@BigHPrivateEye) April 25, 2018
The tweet has received over 2,400 replies and many of the most liked replies have responded to the original tweet under the assumption it’s legitimate.
Dang i didn’t realize Trump ended that on his first day, we for real need a list of bad policies that Trump has done or tried to do because we get caught up int the scandals too often
— Cam Lopez (@Cam_Lopez8) April 25, 2018
The My Brother’s Keeper program was launched in 2014 by President Barack Obama. The program’s aim is to “close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color”.
According to a recent update on its website, it is now accepting applications for the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition.
The competition will provide “more than $5 million in grants to help accelerate impact for boys and young men of color in select communities nationwide”.
The dialogue on Twitter follows a series of tweets made by Kanye West in relation to supporting President Donald Trump.
The rapper has faced criticism on social media after drawing a parallel between historic slavery and what he terms is a modern, “mental slavery”.
In the last few days, Snoop Dogg, a 46 year old American rapper, has added to the war of words by circulating a photoshopped picture of Kanye West as a white man. In the caption above the photo, Snoop Dogg proclaimed Kanye West is “allwhite (sic) now”.