Former US President Barack Obama’s tweeted response to the recent tragic violence in Charlottesville, Va. has set a new record for ‘likes’ on Twitter.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama tweeted on Saturday, quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The tweet was accompanied by a picture of Obama smiling at four small children. The picture was taken at a day care facility in Bethesda, Md., in 2011, according to news reports.
“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
“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,” he added in two subsequent tweets.
Twitter confirmed early Wednesday that the tweet is the most liked ever.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 16, 2017
With more than 3.1 million likes, Obama’s first tweet has surpassed Ariana Grande’s tweet in response to the Manchester terror attack, which racked up more than 2.7 million likes. Obama’s tweet is also the fourth most retweeted tweet of all time with over 1.2 million retweets, according to Favstar.
Social media expert and President of JRM Comms, Jason Mollica, told Fox News that he was not surprised that Obama’s tweet generated so many likes. “This speaks to what people worldwide, not just in the U.S., feel about the events in Charlottesville this last weekend,” he said. “Because he is a former President, he knows that his words have to be measured.”