Barack Obama’s Post-Charlottesville Tweet Becomes Most-Liked in History

Former president tweeted out three-part series featuring quote from Nelson Mandela.

August 16, 2017 9:57 am
Barack Obama Charlottesville Tweet Becomes Most-Liked in History
U.S. President Barack Obama waves after he spoke during the SelectUSA Investment Summit March 23, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. The summit brought together investors from around the world to showcase the diversity of investment opportunities available in the U.S. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Trump may have made Twitter his presidential memo pad, but users favor former president Barack Obama’s feed more. Historically so.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of Obama’s tweets in the wake of the violent protest by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the most-liked tweet in history. At press time, the tweet has garnered 3.2 million likes and counting.

The tweet beat out previous record-holders by pop star Ariana Grande following the Manchester terrorist attacks and Ellen DeGeneres’ now ubiquitous 2014 Oscars selfie.

It’s also among the top five retweeted tweets in history as well.

The most-liked tweet is actually one in a series of three tweets by the former president, quoting Nelson Mandela’s 1994 book, Long Walk to Freedom. The full quote 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.”

The two additional tweets have each garnered 1.3 million and 1.1 million likes apiece.

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