Obama's Charlottesville Tweet Just Became The Most-Liked In Twitter History

Obama's Charlottesville Tweet Just Became The Most-Liked In Twitter History

The well-worded and thoughtful message received nearly 4 million likes.

Published August 13th

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There are many people who believe Barack Obama is better than President Trump for myriad reasons. Yet the former POTUS revealed a better response to the violence in Charlottesville by way of a record-breaking tweet.

Obama's tweet quoting Nelson Mandela just became the most-liked tweet in Twitter history. As it stands, the tweet currently has about 3.7 million likes and is growing daily.

To make matters even better, the photo Obama used in the tweet was taken by former White House photographer Pete Souza, who has used his personal Instagram page to troll the current administration.

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Barack Obama decided to become an adult in the room when he tweeted yesterday (August 12) about hate and how it is learned rather than being a product of nature.

  1. It was a far contrast from Donald Trump’s everyone needs to calm down rhetoric he delivered from the podium shortly after the Charlottesville, Virginia, terror attack that killed one and injured 34 others.

    "’No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…,’" the 44th president tweeted, quoting Nelson Mandela. "’People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’”

    Hillary Clinton also gave her response to the attack and seemed to indicate that the current president should speak out more directly against hate and domestic terrorism.

    “Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values,” she tweeted. “Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let's prove it.”

    James Alex Fields, Jr., a registered Republican, was booked in jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to the Washington Post. The 20-year-old is from Maumee, Ohio, outside of Toledo.

    The attack followed a “Unite the Right” rally, which was held in the city on Saturday by white supremacists and nationalists with an aim of protesting the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

    State police and the Virginia National Guard moved in on the park after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. The alt-right protest was also declared as an unlawful assembly.

    The car, which video captured of the incident showed to be a silver Dodge Charger, plowed through a group of demonstrators who were counter protesting the white nationalist march. You can see people removed from the ground after the vehicle rear-ended two other vehicles forcing what is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

    See both former White House resident’s tweets below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Steffi Loos/Getty Images)

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