Donald Trump’s attempt to portray himself as a uniter, not a divider, was undermined by a shout from the crowd during his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Others suggested the plea was to “jail Obama,” but the moment stunned many viewers, raising fears that, just as the victory of nationalists in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was followed by an ugly wave of hostility towards foreigners, Trump’s election might seem to ratify the open racism and calls to political violence that had punctuated his campaign.
A Trump supporter just shouted "Kill Obama!" during his acceptance speech. This your new America.— Derek DelGaudio (@derek_del) November 9, 2016
Trump's America officially began with someone feeling comfortable enough to shout "Kill Obama!" during his acceptance speech.— Nasty Woman Gingie (@VelvetMcIntyre) November 9, 2016
"Kill Obama" was yelled, clearly heard by those on the stage, and was completely ignored. Perfect example of what we're in for.— Patti LaHelle (@_maleficentt) November 9, 2016
Like this is real life right now.. somebody had the nerve to say "Kill Obama"... this is the kinda America we just unveiled— Edgar Allen Po' Girl (@Tre_mason5) November 9, 2016
While Trump’s young son, Barron, appeared to express shock at the outburst, the president-elect, if he heard it, chose not to react.