Barack Obama’s Response to Charlottesville Violence Most-Liked Tweet Ever
Today’s political climate is nothing short of scorching, as white supremacists and neo-Nazis recently took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, spewing hate speech in the name of so-called American values.
While President Donald Trump was slow to condemn these actions, former Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama took to Twitter the day of the unrest to share a note of positivity and hopefulness that has now become the most-liked tweet of all time.
The son of Chicago posted several tweets Saturday quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Surely, he hoped these words of unity could curtail the contentious atmosphere brought about by the tragic events of the day.
Barack’s series of tweets were heavily supported with massive retweets and likes, with one in particular earning 2.73 million likes and more than 1.1 million retweets.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAmBarack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
Twitter confirmed to TIME that the tweet is the most liked tweet in the company's history and it's the fifth most retweeted tweet ever.
Barack continued to quote the influential leader in tweets to follow.
"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson MandelaBarack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
broken.Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Meanwhile, President Trump has come under fire for being slow to condemn racists and hate groups by name after an alleged white supremacist plowed into a crowd of protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
After making a second statement calling out the hate organizations by name, the former reality star reiterated his original comments, saying that "many sides" were to blame.
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