Obama Responds to Charlottesville Violence With Nelson Mandela Quote

Barack Obama President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, N.C. (Carolyn Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock)
Barack Obama President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro, N.C. (Carolyn Kaster/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Following a delayed and controversial response by Donald Trump to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia today, former President Barack Obama has spoken out about the gathering and subsequent violence on social media this evening.

While never directly saying the word Charlottesville, the 44th POTUS quoted one of his heroes Nelson Mandela in a trio of tweets poignantly spotlighting foundations of racism and hate. Obama  hasn’t tweeted since July 19, so the timing clearly implied he was sharing his thoughts on the events in Charlottesville.

Obama was not the only significant Democrat to address the tragedy and hatred of Charlottesville today. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders and former President Bill Clinton also tweeted their thoughts.

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SOURCE: Dino-Ray Ramos and Dominic Patten
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