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Obama makes history on Twitter

His message was retweeted more than 1.1 million times

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CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Former U.S. President Barack Obama make history on Twitter, as his tweet in response to the Charlottesville violence became the most ‘liked’ tweet in Twitter history.

Obama posted a photo taken of him smiling at four children in 2011 along with a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville.

His message was retweeted more than 1.1 million times and liked 2.8 million times as of Tuesday evening and surpassed Ariana Grande's response to the deadly terrorist attack after her concert in Manchester. 

The tweet was also ranked No. 7 among the most retweeted tweets by a tweet tracking site, Favstar.

Quoting the former South African president Nelson Mandela, Obama said, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.”

A spokesperson for Twitter said the tweet broke the record just after 7 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, hours after President Trump drew new criticism for his remarks about the clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters that left one counter-protester dead and 19 others injured.

Addressing journalists gathered at the Trump Tower in New York, Trump said that “both sides” were to blame that day. 

His remarks immediately drew criticism and came a day after he read a prepared response saying “racism is evil” and condemning neo-Nazis and the KKK.

While Obama has used Twitter only sporadically since leaving office in January, he has often commented on major events or controversies, including the terrorist attack in Manchester, and Sen. John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis.

However, on Tuesday, Obama did not comment on the White House's statements on Charlottesville and has so far avoided criticizing his successor.

He has done so only twice in the last six months when he criticized Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement in June and weighed in on the current administration's policy items on health care.

Trump has previously called climate change a “hoax,” had, during his campaign promised to “cancel” the climate deal and Obama-era regulations that he said were killing jobs and industries. 

In a statement earlier in June, Obama said, “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect future generations the one planet we've got.”

Then, in the same month, Obama responded to the Senate draft of a health-care bill that would roll back much of the Affordable Care Act.

He said in a Facebook post, “I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.”

 

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