After a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned fatal on Saturday, previous president Barack Obama connected on Twitter to comfort Americans.
While President Trump was quiet on the platform , choosing not to attend to the violent clash in between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared an effective message through a Nelson Mandela quote about hate and the possible to enjoy.
The very first of Obama’s 3 tweets has actually given that ended up being the 3rd most-liked tweet in history at the time of composing this post, according to Esquire.
The tweet, which included a picture of Obama peering at children through a window, started the quote: “No one is born disliking another individual due to the fact that of the colour of his skin or his background or his religious beliefs …”
It rapidly generated over 2 million likes and 970,000 retweets, nearing other record-setting tweets like Ellen’s well-known Oscars selfie , which got in outstanding 2,418,912 likes back in 2014 and Ariana Grande’s 2017 tweet to fans after the lethal Manchester battle attacks happened at one of her shows. Grande’s psychological tweet presently holds the leading area on Twitter with 2,703,092 likes.
After his tweet, Obama then went on to complete the quote, composing “‘People need to discover how to dislike, and if they can discover how to dislike, they can be taught to enjoy. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela.”
“… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
Obama was greatly applauded for speaking out in wake of the terrible occasions that occurred in Charlottesville, particularly because Trump appeared unwilling to resolve the rally. Trump was slammed by significant political and cultural figures consisting of Chelsea Clinton and J.K. Rowling.
Eventually, he condemned violence “on numerous sides,” however didn’t clearly call out white supremacists.
Then, on Monday afternoon — 2 days after the truth — Trump offered an unscripted statement to journalism, while looking deeply into his teleprompter.
After extoling the present strength of the economy, the president openly resolved those at fault for the violence, condemning the racist actions of members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.
Obama’s message simply goes to reveal that quality of tweets is better than amount … keep in mind, Trump.
On Tuesday afternoon a representative from Twitter notified Mashable that Obama’s tweet had actually ended up being the 2nd most liked tweet of perpetuity and the 5th most retweeted. At 2,509,888 likes Obama’s Mandela quote bumped Ellen’s selfie to 3rd most liked tweet.
On Tuesday night at roughly 10:07 p.m. ET, Obama’s tweet catapulted to the top of the Twitter totem, setting a brand-new all-time record. The tweet netted an outstanding 2,705,809 likes (and increasing) at the time of composing .
UPDATE: Aug. 15, 2017, 12:54 p.m. UTC Upgraded to consist of extra details from Twitter.
UPDATE: Aug. 16, 2017, 9:05 a.m. UTC Upgraded to consist of brand-new most liked tweet rankings.