Obama shares Mandela quote after deadly white supremacist rally
(The Hill) — Former President Obama tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote condemning racism just hours after a white supremacist rally in Virginia turned deadly.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama tweeted, featuring a photo of him talking to small children of different ethnicities through a window.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
The quote comes from Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address, when he became the first black president of South Africa.
Obama’s message was in response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. A car plowed into a crowd of anti-fascism protestors, killing one person and leaving more than a dozen others injured.
Two Virginia State police officers were also killed when their helicopter crashed, which authorities linked to the rally.
President Trump condemned the violence at the rally but refused to single out white supremacists in his comments, drawing fire from GOP senators who demanded he call the event an attack of terror.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference form his New Jersey golf course.