Barack Obama makes Twitter history

Barack Obama makes Twitter history

The southern university town witnessed violent protests as a white supremacist, alt-right clashed with leftist protestors over the removal of a Confederate statue.

On Wednesday, Obama's post surpassed Ariana Grande's tweet on May 22 following the Manchester terror attack, which read: "Broken".

Obama returned to Twitter to share a message of peace, love, and equality, choosing a simple quote from Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography 'Long Road to Freedom'.

That first tweet, containing the leading sentiment "No on is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion..."

He may not be the president anymore, but Barack Obama is still influential enough to break the Internet. They were met with counter-protests from antifascist campaigners, who were targeted by a man who drove a auto into a group, killing civil rights activist Heather Heyer and injuring several more.

On Monday, Obama's tweet surpassed talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' 2014 Oscars selfie tweet, which stands at number 3 with 2.4 million likes.

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I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity.

When asked why he waited until Monday to explicitly condemn hate groups present in Charlottesville, Trump said he wanted to be careful not to make a "quick statement" without all the facts.

Of course, not everyone agreed with Obama's sentiment. He condemned all sides for the events in Virginia.

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Editor's note: This post has been updated to remove an embedded tweet from an account that could have been interpreted as belonging to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.