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Obama's far-right tweet becomes most-liked ever

Obama's far-right tweet becomes most-liked ever

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<p>If you’re of the view that Donald Trump’s presidency is lacking leadership in tough times, then look no further than his predecessor’s latest tweets.</p> <p>Barack Obama’s attempt at unity – in the aftermath of far-right violence in Virginia – has become the most-liked message ever-posted on the social network.</p> <p>As if filling a vacuum left by Trump, the tweet has been given the thumbs up more than 2.9 million times, as of 10am <span class="caps">CET</span>.</p> <p>Writing <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/14/suspect-in-charlottesville-car-ram-case-denied-bail">after one person was killed when a car ploughed into anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville</a>, Obama chose to quote Nelson Mandela’s words from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.</p> <p>“No one is born hating another person because of the color [sic] of his skin or his background or his religion,” wrote Obama, alongside a picture of him speaking to a group of children looking out of a window.</p> <p>“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.</p> <p>“For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” </p> <p>It comes after President Donald Trump <a href="http://www.euronews.lan/2017/08/16/trump-says-both-sides-to-blame-for-charlottesville-violence/">once again blamed both sides for the violent unrest in Charlottesville</a>, refusing to single out either the white supremacist demonstrators or the anti-fascist protesters who opposed them.</p> <p>The leader has stirred controversy for refusing to immediately condemn neo-Nazism in the wake of the clashes.</p> <h3>How Donald Trump reacted</h3> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Charlottesville?src=hash">#Charlottesville</a> <a href="https://t.co/DB22fgnu6L">pic.twitter.com/DB22fgnu6L</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/896467135391596544">August 12, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are <span class="caps">ALL</span> <span class="caps">AMERICANS</span> <span class="caps">FIRST</span>. <a href="https://t.co/FesMiQSKKn">pic.twitter.com/FesMiQSKKn</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/896481262776360960">August 12, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able. <a href="https://t.co/mCTYBgUePi">pic.twitter.com/mCTYBgUePi</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/896488914877165569">August 12, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/896512981319790592">August 12, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>How Barack Obama reacted</h3> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” <a href="https://t.co/InZ58zkoAm">pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm</a></p>— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/896523232098078720">August 13, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…”</p>— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/896523304873238528">August 13, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela</p>— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/896523357272911872">August 13, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
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