Barack Obama's Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 18, 2017

Twitter says former President Barack Obama's tweet in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has taken the crown as the platform's most-liked post ever. Now, just days after the former president responded to the tragic violence with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has become the most-liked in history. Twitter confirmed that Obama's moving message is also the fifth most retweeted post of all time.

A Medium post from Twopblog has gathered a list of the tweets that have received the most likes (or, for older Tweets, "favorites") and 44 is firmly in charge of the list, holding six of the 10 spots between his personal account and tweets made from the POTUS account made when he was president.

The former USA president followed the tweet with more from Mandela's autobiographical Long Walk to Freedom: "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love".

With so much hate spreading at home and overseas, it's nice to know that South Africa could play its own part (thanks to Madiba) in spreading the message of diversity, love and acceptance. It also ranks No. 7 among the most retweeted tweets according to Favstar, a tweet tracking site. Many Democrats and some Republicans took issue with Trump for not calling out white nationalists or white supremacists, even after a auto, allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi sympathizer, ploughed into a crowd of counter protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.

The fracas ended in bloodshed when a 20-year-old suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured.

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