Hate on the Internet is nothing new, but the racist tweets sent personally to President Barack Obama over the past week may qualify as some kind of breakthrough.
After the President created his own personal account @POTUS on Monday — distinct from @WhiteHouse, which is run by staff — it took mere minutes before hordes of racist users sent him tweets targeting his race and appearance.
Several other users called the President “black monkey,” one instructing him to “get back in your cage.”
The New York Times reported that neither White House officials nor a Twitter spokesman could provide the exact number of racist tweets that made their way to the commander-in-chief.
“[T]hey appeared to be a small number in what was an otherwise social-media-fueled show of love for Mr. Obama,” the Times wrote.