Former President Barack Obama’s tweet in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. is one of the most popular tweets of all time.
Obama’s tweet Saturday quoting Nelson Mandela is the second-most liked tweet since Twitter launched with 2,489,114 likes and 1,036,139 Retweets.
One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a man, who had been a part of a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville, rammed his car into a crowd of people.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama’s tweet read.
"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
The quote is from former South African president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.”
Obama shared more of the quote in two more tweets, which got 1 million and 900,000 likes respectively.
By contrast, President Trump’s first tweet in response to the tragic scene in Charlottesville got 186,000 likes.
President Trump faced backlash over the weekend for his response to the violence in Charlottesville. Trump blamed “many sides” for what happened in Virginia and did not single out the white supremacist hate groups that marched.