Barack Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Breaks Twitter Record – PopSugar

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Following the horrible white supremacist and neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, VA, that left three dead, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to condemn the violence with a powerful quote from Nelson Mandela. While many political figures shared their condolences and denounced the acts in Virginia, Obama’s message — paired with a hopeful, moving photo of him interacting with a group of young children at a day care — was something that touched people so deeply, it actually broke records. As of Aug. 15, Obama’s tweet became the most “liked” tweet ever with over 3.5 million “likes.”

The tweet quoting antiapartheid leader and former South African President Mandela reads: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. 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.”

Many online viewed Obama’s hopeful, powerful response as a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s widely perceived failures in forcefully calling out white supremacists and decrying their weekend reign of terror.

Obama’s tweet has officially surpassed a tweet from Ariana Grande following the attack at her Manchester concert with 2.7 million “likes” and Ellen DeGeneres’s notorious selfie from the 2014 Oscars with 2.4 million “likes.”

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