Twitter Slams Tavis Smiley for Attacking Obama

The talk show host was slammed for saying President Obama's speech on Trayvon Martin was "as weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid."

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Tavis Smiley (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

While President Barack Obama has garnered mostly praise for his remarks on race and George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Tavis Smiley, talk show host and frequent critic of the president, offered a different take.

He criticized the president for taking too long to address the verdict, tweeting, "Took POTUS almost a week to show up and express mild outrage. And still, it was as weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid." The backlash was swift and fierce, according to Clutch magazine.

The backlash to Smiley's broadside was just as swift, with numerous Twitter users calling him out for being "pathetic."

"I'm sending you the transcript as you clearly missed the speech, brother," wrote [Angela Rye].

Others told Smiley it's "time to move on" and mocked him for having his "panties in a bunch" because the president "hasn't kissed the ring."

The president told the press that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

He was very critical of Stand Your Ground laws around the country, challenging their effectiveness and enforcement. 

Read more at Clutch magazine.

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Editor's note: The original excerpt in this article misidentified Angela Rye as Angel Rye and as an MSNBC contributor.

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