Charlottesville: Twitter slams Trump’s response, lauds Obama and Clinton’s

donald trump charlottesville michael vadon flickr

It has been a landmark weekend for the United States. On Saturday at a “Unite the White” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a car ploughed into a group of counterprotestors, killing one woman and injuring at least 34 people.

A slew of messages, views and comments flooded social media regarding the white supremacist rally itself and the aforementioned incident.

The most notable of these messages stemmed from three particularly powerful political figures: former US President Barack Obama, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current US President Donald Trump.

The latter led with this tweet: “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.”

He continued: “We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST.”

The above tweets, in which Trump failed to acknowledge the white supremacist rally, accrued a combined 208 000 likes and 45 000 retweets to date.

Other users noted Trump’s tepid stance on the rally.

Barack Obama then published a trio of tweets, quoting late South African President Nelson Mandela.

The initial tweet alone has garnered over 2.2-million likes and 915 000 retweets. In total, all three tweets accrued over four million likes and 1.5-million retweets.

As for the replies?

“My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, beginning a longer thread.

“Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions,” Clinton added.

Feature image: Michael Vadon via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

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