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Obama Charlottesville Tweet Is Most 'Liked' on Twitter

Obama Charlottesville Tweet Is Most 'Liked' on Twitter

U.S. President Barack Obama visits a pre-schoolers classroom after delivering remarks at Adas Israel Congregation in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month on May 22, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 07:55 AM

Former President Barack Obama's Charlottesville tweet has become the most "liked" message in the history of the social media platform, topping the 3.1 million mark Monday.

Obama posted a quote from South African president Nelson Mandela after a so-called "alt-right" march in the Virginia town turned violent when march supporters clashed with counter-protesters, The Washington Post noted.

Favstar, the Twitter-tracking website, said Obama's tweet also was the fifth most re-tweeted post, at 1.2 million.

The Washington Post noted that while Obama's tweet, the first in a series of tweets quoting the former South African president, has taken off, President Donald Trump has been criticized for his response to Charlottesville. In his statement Saturday, Trump condemned hatred and bigotry from "many sides," but did not name any groups specifically, the newspaper said.

An alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19. Trump called out the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacy in a statement Monday, the Post added.

Obama has used social media to weigh in other issues since leaving office in January. He wrote a Facebook post in June in support of his signature legislation the Affordable Care Act while Congress debated on repealing it, the Post noted.

Obama also issued a statement after the Trump administration said it planned to drop the United States out the Paris climate deal, the Post noted.

"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created," Obama said in the Paris statement in June. "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 for future generations the one planet we've got," the statement continued.

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Former President Barack Obama's Charlottesville tweet has become the most "liked" message in the history of the social media platform, topping the 3.1 million mark Monday.
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