SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter says former President Barack Obama's tweet in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has taken the crown as the platform's most-liked post ever.
Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela Saturday night: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." Obama posted the tweet alongside a picture of himself smiling at a group of children of different races.
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The quote was split into three tweets, the first of which included a photo of him greeting a group of children through a window taken by photographer Pete Souza at a day care facility next to his daughter Sasha's school in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011.
"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." - Nelson Mandela — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilo said Obama's tweet set the mark shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday night by passing Ariana Grande's tweet following a deadly bombing in May at her concert in England. Obama's post had more than 3.1 million likes early Tuesday morning.
Obama's reaction to the Charlottesville attack is also the fifth-most retweeted behind a tweet from a teen who wanted free chicken nuggets from Wendy's, Ellen Degeneres' tweet from 2014 Oscars, a tweet from singer Louis Tomlinson to his One Direction bandmate Harry Styles and Ariana Grande's previously mentioned tweet.
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