USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

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USA POLITICS: Obama’s Tweet on Charlottesville Violence Wins Twitter ‘Most Liked of All-Time’

Barack Obama’s powerful tweet in response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has become the most-liked message in the history of Twitter. The first of the three tweets, which features a photo of Obama visiting children at a day care center in Maryland, has been liked 2.8 million times. It has also been retweeted 1.1 million times.

The impactful message came just hours after an act of domestic terrorism — in which a white nationalist allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters — claimed the life of 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer, who was protesting against the rally. 19 others were injured in the attack.

In a separate incident later that day, two Virginia state troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while they were on their way to assist police with security and public safety as the demonstrations become increasingly violent.

Barack Obama took to Twitter to share a message of hope and tolerance as spoken by the late Nelson Mandela:

“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…” — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

“… For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Each has had more than a million likes, and hundreds of thousands of retweets.

Far-right protesters opposing the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from Emancipation Park rallied in Charlottesville on Saturday. Many waved burning torches and wore Nazi or other white supremacist regalia. They were met with counter-protests from antifascist campaigners, who were targeted by a man who drove a car into a group, killing civil rights activist Heather Heyer and injuring several more.

James Fields – a 20-year-old man who was was photographed earlier on Saturday standing with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America – has been charged with a number of offences, including murder and malicious wounding.

In the wake of Ms Heyer’s death, many in the US and across the world criticised a terse response from US president Donald Trump on Twitter, followed by a press conference in which he failed to condemn white supremacist groups.

A day later, Mr Trump did explicitly denounce “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups”, but his words were undermined within hours when he staged an extraordinary press conference, in which he blamed violence “on many sides” and insisted that some of those at the Unite the Right rally were “very fine people”.

Many on social media pointed out the difference in tone between US presidents 44 and 45. Late night hosts, who spent a great deal of time on Monday slamming the president for his previous remarks on the rally, tore into him again on Tuesday, speculating as to what impact his latest press conference might have on his presidency.

Stephen Colbert played a clip of Trump’s remarks, in which the president said he wasn’t sure if the white nationalists and self-proclaimed neo-Nazis should get the blame for the Charlottesville violence. Colbert quipped, “The only thing I’m doubting now is whether you’re still going to be president by Friday.”

TONIGHT: It took two days for Trump to condemn the racist hate groups in Charlottesville… and one press conference to empower them. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/GCFVNE3SYo— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 16, 2017

Six of the 10 most liked tweets of all time are by Mr Obama, from his personal @BarackObama account and as @POTUS44.

The number of likes for Mr Obama’s tweet has now passed the 2.7 million for singer Ariana Grande’s message in the wake of the bombing of Manchester Arena, where she had been performing.

Twenty-two people were killed in the terrorist attack in May.

– Irish Times


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