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Obama’s Charlottesville response breaks the record for most-liked tweet ever

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Here’s some news that could potentially hold the key to Donald Trump’s complete and irreversible mental meltdown: According to Twitter, Barack Obama, former President of the United States of America and subject of a bizarre and spiteful obsession for our current president, just broke the record for most-liked tweet of all time. The tweet in question was in response to the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, and quotes Nelson Mandela:


Obama’s Twitter statement came a few hours after President Trump’s half-assed criticism of “both sides”, almost two days before someone on his staff forced his reluctant condemnation of racist violence, and three days before Trump let us all know how he really feels, which is that some Nazis are actually very fine people (who voted for him).

Obama’s tweet dethroned the previous, equally sad champion, Ariana Grande’s heartbroken statement on the deaths of 22 people at one of her concerts in May. According to NPR, Obama has two more tweets in the top five most-liked ever, including one in support of John McCain after McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis and another announcing that he was taking ”a quick vacation” after leaving office. (Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscars selfie rounds out the top five.) Those all received in excess of 1.5 million likes apiece. Trump, meanwhile, has failed to crack 200,000 likes in the past month, and got 605,000 likes on a tweet where he body-slammed CNN back in July 2. Obama also has nearly three times more Twitter followers than Trump, 93.6 million to Trump’s 36.1 million. Given his clear love for the social-media platform, maybe it’s not just his crowd size and hand size that make Trump feel small.


[via The Root, which, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]