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Obama's Charlottesville tweet quoting Nelson Mandela is officially the most-liked in history

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Updated August 16, 2017 07:24 AM EDT

Former President Obama's tweet officially became the most-liked of all time on Tuesday night, having accumulated more than 2.7 million likes in the three days since it was posted.

It was up to 3.1 million likes by early Wednesday.

Hours after an alt-right protest in Charlottesville turned deadly, former President Barack Obama tweeted a quote from former South African President Nelson Mandela. It's since become one of the most-liked tweets in history.

The former president quoted a line from Mandela's autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom" and wrote "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."

In the photo, Obama is looking up at kids of different ethnicities staring back at him from a window.

Obama's tweet came only hours after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was pronounced dead. Heyer was killed after a driver intentionally plowed into a group of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in Virginia on Saturday afternoon.

Obama's tweet generated more than 2.45 million likes as of Tuesday morning, surpassing Ellen Degeneres' star-studded selfie tweet at the Academy Awards in 2014.

Since leaving office, Obama has continued to weigh in on domestic and international affairs such as the terror attacks in Manchester, England, and the health care bill.

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