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Obama's response to Charlottesville becomes most-liked tweet ever

In the hours after Saturday's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, former President Barack Obama tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote decrying racism and hatred, and on Tuesday night, it became the most-liked tweet in Twitter history.

The message, accompanied by a picture of Obama with children, reached the 2.7 million mark shortly after 10 p.m. ET, surpassing Ariana Grande's reaction to the Manchester bombing. Obama's tweet is also the fifth-most retweeted post in the platform's history. The former president has 93.3 million Twitter followers.