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August 16, 2017updated 08 Sep 2017 12:41pm

As Barack Obama takes the crown, these were previously the most liked tweets in history

By Luke Christou

US president Donald Trump’s popularity has taken a hit in the wake of his handling of the Charlottesville demonstrations last weekend.

A white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters last week, killing one and injuring 19.

It took president Trump two days to denounce hate groups the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, who celebrated following the incident.

However, he has since added to his statement, insisting that both sides were to blame for the violence.

As Trump’s popularity suffers, his predecessor has reached a peak level of adoration.

Following the attack, Barack Obama took to Twitter to call for peace and tolerance:

The post has since received more than 3.5m likes on the social media platform, making it the most popular tweet in history, but what does it replace?

The 3 (former) most liked tweets in Twitter history

Ariana Grande — May 2017

Obama’s triumph marks the second time in 2017 that the record has been broken.

Ariana Grande previously held the record with 2.7m likes on her Tweet following the shocking Manchester bombing. An explosion at the pop star’s concern caused multiple deaths, leading to a strong show of support on the social media platform.

Ellen DeGeneres — March 2014

Until this year, Ellen DeGeneres spent more than three years as the holder of the most liked tweet.

Her star-studded Oscar selfie, which contained big names such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, received more than 2.4m likes.

Barack Obama — November 2012

The former president has held the title before, having attracted more than 600,000 likes on a tweet following the announcement that he had been elected for another term back in 2012.

Despite holding the crown for two years, the tweet is no longer in the top ten.

Barack Obama: World’s most popular tweeter?

Incredibly, Barack Obama’s latest tweet is just one of many popular posts made by the former US president. From the current top ten most liked tweets, six now belong to Obama.

Aside from the top spot, Obama also holds:






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