Barack Obama's Post-Charlottesville Tweet Becomes Most-Liked Ever


The message, a quote from Nelson Mandela, is also the fifth-most retweeted tweet of all time.

Barack Obama's post-Charlottesville tweet espousing love and unity has become the most-liked tweet ever with well over 2.7 million likes and counting. 

Obama's tweet, the first part of a quote from Nelson Mandela and which is followed by two other tweets, became the most-liked tweet just after 10 p.m ET on Tuesday, Twitter announced. The tweet overtook Ariana Grande's heartbreaking message in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing in May and Ellen DeGeneres' star-packed picture from the 2014 Oscars. The former president's tweet also climbs into the top five most retweeted tweets ever, a list that is still headed by Carter Wilkerson's quest to get a year's supply of Wendy's chicken nuggets. 

Obama tweeted after America was left numb by a Neo-Nazi/white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va over the weekend turned violent and left one anti-racism protestor dead. The quote is taken from Mandela's 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. The full quote is: "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."