Donald Trump

President Donald Trump speaks about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Va., at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ORG XMIT: NJPM105

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Donald Trump loves Twitter. Obviously. It helped fuel his improbable rise from conspiracy-peddling reality show host to president. It allows him to say just what he thinks, without the interference of pesky policy experts who might worry about what messages he's inadvertently sending, or communications professionals who might want to sanitize his words.

But does Twitter love Trump?

This week, at least, not as much as it loves the target of Trump's race-baiting birther campaign and the man whose legacy he's now bent on undoing: Barack Obama.

As Trump visibly resisted pleas that he unambiguously condemn the white nationalist, Nazi-sympathizing thugs who marched on Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend — a demonstration that led to three deaths, multiple injuries and a flood of criticism over the president's divisive, tone-deaf response from Republicans and Democrats alike — a very different message was trending.

Saturday, shortly after the violent rally, Obama tweeted out a message of tolerance, a photo of himself greeting children of different races with a quotation from Nelson Mandela. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," it said.

And by Tuesday night, with the nation still reeling from Trump's off-the-rails press conference in which he insisted that there were "very fine people" in the crowd of protesters waving Confederate flags and spouting Nazi slogans, Obama's message had become the most "liked" tweet of all time. It took 2.7 million clicks on the thumbs-up icon to break the record. By mid-day Wednesday, the sentiment had earned nearly 3.5 million approving clicks.

Consider that a rolling referendum on Trump's abhorrent reaction to the weekend's events — and yet another popular vote in which he came up short.

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