Barack Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Has Made History

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by Ellie Wiseman |
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Following the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Heather Heyer, 32, was killed, Barack Obama condemned racism by quoting Nelson Mandela on Twitter.

The tweet read: ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background of his religion…’

He then followed this tweet quoting more from the late South African president’s autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom: ‘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.’

His tweet has since amassed more than 3 million likes, making history as the world’s most-liked tweet, ever.

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Donald Trump, rather, stayed uncharacteristically quiet on the matter and was critcised for not pointedly condemning white supremacy and neo-nazis. His daughter Ivanka, however, managed to say what her father couldn’t, and tweeted: ‘There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.

‘We should all come together as Americans – and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville’

Trump, instead, blamed 'both sides' for 'this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence.'

Business Insider reported that out of the 10 most liked tweets of all time – which include Ariana Grande’s tweet about the Manchester terrorist attack, and Ellen DeGeneres’ iconic Oscars selfie – six of them belong to Barack Obama. The other five most-liked tweets from the former POTUS are:

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