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Obama’s tweet becomes second-most liked

Former  President Barack Obama in July.
Former President Barack Obama in July. (AP)

Why didn’t I think of that?

That’s what President Trump may be wondering after his predecessor’s post-Charlottesville tweet became the second-most “liked” tweet in the history of Twitter.

To refresh, while Trump remained mostly mum in the hours after a woman was killed during a brawl between neo-Nazis and protesters in Charlottesville, Va., former President Obama tweeted this:

The tweet, a quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom,” has over 2.4 million likes and over 1 million retweets.

The most-liked tweet on the social media platform — with 2.7 million likes — is Ariana Grande’s tweet following the bombing at the Manchester, England, arena where she was performing in May.

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Trump’s silence on Twitter after the tragedy in Charlottesville was notable because he’s usually quick — some might say too quick — to share his thoughts via social media. For example, just a few hours after Kenneth C. Frazier, chief executive of Merck, resigned from the president’s manufacturing council Monday, Trump tweeted this: