Barack Obama was livid week when he found out that a business named after him was raided by the federal government.
According to Freedom Daily, Murad A. Alhanik, owner of the Obama Mart in Columbia, South Carolina, has been taken into custody and charged with four counts of state tax evasion. Allegedly, he did not pay more than $136,000 in sales taxes over four years, and if convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine for each count.
He owns the station seven years now and made headlines with naming it after the former president. He also said that the business has been increasing ever since he renamed the store.
He told reporters last year that he would never change the name of the store regardless of the fact that Obama is not our president anymore.
This happened just after the former president sat down for an interview with David Letterman and ranted about Russia and slammed Fox News while desperately trying to make President Trump look bad – take a look:
“The Russians exploited that we are operating in totally different information universes. What happens on Fox News feels like a completely different planet from what happens on NPR.
Our democracy’s biggest challenge is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts. We are some of the earliest adapters of social media and we were reliant on a bunch of 22- and 23-year-olds, and volunteers, who were communicating entirely through social media.
We built what turned out to be the most effective political campaign in modern political history, and I had a quite optimistic feeling about it. I believe we missed the degree to which the ones in power can actually manipulate that and propagandize.”
According to Barack Obama, social media has led to political polarization:
“If you are getting your information off algorithms being sent through phone and it’s just reinforcing no matter what biases you have, which is the pattern that develops, at one point, you live in a bubble, which is a part of why our politics is so polarized at this moment. The problem is solvable, but I think we need to spend a lot of time thinking about it.”