Barack Obama's Tweet Following Charlottesville Protests Is Now Most Liked in History

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

The former record-holder is a tweet from pop star Ariana Grande telling fans that she was "broken" after a bombing of her concert in Manchester killed at least 22 people, including some children. "For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite", Obama wrote.

Mr Obama's tweet has been "liked" close to three million times already and has been retweeted over 1.2 million times.

One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a man, who had been a part of a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville, rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people.

The quotes come from Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, while the photo was taken by Obama's White House photographer Peter D'Souza.

Trump's response was criticised by many in the USA and around the world, and two follow-up tweets expressing condolences to friends and families of those who were injured and died in the violent clashes prompted much less social interaction on Twitter than Obama's - with just over 20,000 retweets and 100,000 likes each.

Protesters had gathered in the town to hold a counter-demonstration against white supremacists, KKK members and neo-Nazis who were holding a protest of their own against the removal of a Confederate statue.

When asked why he waited until Monday to explicitly condemn hate groups present in Charlottesville, Trump said he wanted to be careful not to make a "quick statement" without all the facts.

Then on Tuesday night at approximately 10:07 p.m. ET, Obama's tweet catapulted to the top of the Twitter totem, setting a new all-time record.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has fumbled while using the social media platform. Obama also spoke out in defense of Obamacare when Trump was leading an effort to have it repealed and replaced.

Barack Obama continues to inspire - and breaks records while doing it.

The first of three tweets containing the quote has (at the time of writing) been retweeting over 2.9 million times.

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