Former President Obama's tweet about the events over the weekend in Charlottesville is now the most-liked tweet in the history of Twitter. At press time, the tweet has over 3.5 million likes.
The tweet, which is a first in a three-part string, features a quote by Nelson Mandela along with a picture of Obama with a group of babies looking out a window. The picture was taken in Bethesda, in 2011. The tweet has received well over a million "retweets" as well.
Here's the full three-tweet series:
"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." - Nelson Mandela— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
These tweets marked the first time in nearly a month that the former president had tweeted.
Honestly, it's a good message that the country needs to hear, regardless of who the person doing the delivery is or what political party they represent. I agree with the quote, and I think it's far easier to love (or at least, tolerate) people than to hate them. What we saw in Charlottesville over the weekend was ugly, gross, and sad. We're better than that as a nation.