Former President Obama still has significant influence with a huge portion of the population. His tweet in response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of the most popular tweets of all time.
On Saturday, Obama tweeted a quote from the late South African President Nelson Mandela:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
He followed that first tweet with a continuation of the quote: “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.” The series of tweets were accompanied by a picture of Obama reaching out to children in an orphanage.
By Tuesday, the first tweet from Obama had almost 2.5 million likes and about 1 million retweets. The popularity of these tweets made it the second-most-liked tweet of all time, according to the Twitter-tracking site Faster.
The popularity of Obama’s tweets was in stark contrast to the backlash that President Trump faced over the same violence in Charlottesville. Trump blamed the attack on “many sides” and did not single out the hate groups that organized the rally. On Monday, after two days of brutal criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, the president made another statement saying “racism is evil” and he called out neo-Nazis and the KKK for their role in the weekend’s violence. Trump said, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans.”
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Credit: The Hill