Twitter announced that former President Barack Obama‘s August 13 tweet promoting unity has become the most liked tweet of all time. The tweet comes in response to the death of a Charlottesville woman during last weekend’s rally surrounding the removal of a statue commemorating confederate general Robert E. Lee. Obama’s tweet quotes Nelson Mandela and states, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”
The remark surpasses the previous most liked tweet from artist Ariana Grande which followed the bombing of her concert in Manchester, UK that claimed 23 lives. Obama’s message came shortly after a White House press gathering where President Trump said “many sides” were to blame for the racial violence in Charlottesville.
After Trump backtracked and double-downed on his comment, many people on all sides of the political spectrum felt he should have focused his comments on the KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists involved in the marches. As a result, many CEOs, including Under Armour’s Kevin Plank, left Trump’s council over his inadequate responses.
Obama’s tweet is one of three tweets that complete Mandela’s quote, which says: “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.”
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 16, 2017
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
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