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Twitter released its end of year stats this week and revealed that former President Barack Obama had the most liked tweet of 2017.


His tweet, sent out in August after white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia, has already been liked 4.6 million times. The tweet reads, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…,” accompanied by a picture of him looking up at a group of children.

The tweet was a portion of a quote from the late South African President Nelson Mandela and was followed up by two more tweets from Obama, which finished the quote.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” the quote, in whole, reads.

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Obama’s tweet following the Charlottesville march wasn’t his only top tweet. He also took the third spot for most liked, and the second, fifth, and eighth spots for most retweeted tweets.

His other top tweets included his tweet to Senator John McCain, R-AZ, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

When he tweeted out the final line of his presidential farewell address in Chicago.

And, his farewell tweet that was sent out on Jan. 20 after he left the Oval Office for the last time.

Other top tweets included Ariana Grande’s tweet after the bombing at her Manchester, England, concert, Lebron James’s tweet when he called President Donald Trump a “bum,” a tweet promising to donate 6 pounds of dog food to Houston dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey for every retweet it received, another tweet asking for retweets to raise donations for Houston, a photo from Linkin Park of its former frontman, Chester Bennington, after he committed suicide earlier this year, the number to the suicide hotline tweeted by social media star Seth Joseph, and finally, the most retweeted tweet of the year came from 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson begging for retweets so he could win free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s for a year.

While President Trump didn’t win a top spot for any of his personal tweets, he was the most tweeted about world leader.

Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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