The wife of former US President Barack Obama has warned young people against using social media without thinking. She did not mention anybody by name, but her words could apparently be translated as a bit of social media advice to the current US leader.
“You don’t just say what’s on your mind. You don’t tweet every thought. Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day,” Michelle Obama said at the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago.
The remark provoked laughter from the audience.
According to The Guardian, despite the fact that the former first lady was not talking about “anybody in particular,” her words “were widely interpreted” as a caustic remark about Donald Trump’s behavior on Twitter.
“You’re the first lady or the president, the commander-in-chief, and you have that voice. You have that power. What comes with that is responsibility to know that every word you utter has consequences,” Obama said.
Trump is known for being extremely frank and straightforward while taking to Twitter to speak what’s on his mind, a behavior that has been criticized from time to time as inappropriate and irresponsible.
On Wednesday, Trump published a series of tweets commenting on the terrorist attack in New York, particularly saying that he had ordered to tighten the refugee admission program in response.
“Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” the president said.
His remarks, however, met criticism from governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. Cuomo said that Trump’s statement “plays into the hands of terrorists” and “tended to point fingers and politicize the situation.” In turn, de Blasio stressed that Trump’s attempt to limit immigration to the US amid a terrorist threat shouldn’t be applied to groups of people based on their nationality or religious beliefs.