Update: On August 16, Barack Obama’s tweet about the Charlottesville violence has officially become the most liked tweet in history.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville’s recent Unite the Right rally, where Neo-Nazis and Klan members congregated before a clash, one man has condemned this racist hatred with just one single tweet. After the Charlottesville violence, former President Barack Obama shared his wisdom via his social media handle.
In the Charlottesville violence, 20 people were injured and one killed in a car-ramming incident on Saturday. On the same day, another 15 people were wounded in a separate clash related to the right march.
As reported by BBC, the Charlottesville violence originally broke out when white supremacists and the members of the far-right clashed with anti-fascist counter-protesters at the Unite the Right rally. The rally was organized to protest against the removal of a statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The protesters reportedly condemned the swastika-toting display of Confederate flags and nazi-salutes. A man identified as James Fields, Jr. allegedly drove his car through a crowd of people. The car reportedly injured at least 20 people.
After the violence, many have responded in outrage, disbelief, and grief. Former President Barack Obama also shared his views, and his tweet has now been elevated to the third most liked tweet in the history of the social media platform.
More interesting is that six out of 10 top most-liked tweets are from Barak Obama only. His recent tweet is just behind Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet where she shared a picture from the Academy awards and Ariana Grande’s tweet, where she shared her grief for the terrorist attack that took place during her live concert.
Just like Obama, President Donald Trump has also condemned the recent actions. Hours after the violence erupted, Trump said he condemned “in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
He added, “It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
After facing backlash due to the perceived softness and lack of specificity in his first comments, Trump made more direct and specific remarks about Charlottesville on Monday.
“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
As earlier reported by the Inquisitr, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer has blamed Donald Trump, saying that the current president of the United States of America courted these extremist groups and then failed to denounce them as they became more violent. Signer told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union that the said attack was not about Trump but instead, the erupted violence was about the United States of America in its entirety.
“It’s about Virginia, it’s about Charlottesville.”
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