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Former President Barack Obama's Twitter feed has yet again attracted attention -- this time after he reacted to the Aug. 17 Barcelona terrorist attacks.

"Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona," Mr. Obama wrote in response to the tragedy, which the Islamic State took responsibility for. "Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo [A hug]."

At least 13 were killed and over 100 injured after a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain, reports The Hill.

While many praised Mr. Obama for his tweet, President Donald Trump's social media posts on the attack sparked controversy.

Initially, Trump responded to the attacks with a simple message.

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"The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help," he tweeted. "Be tough & strong, we love you!"

But afterward, he followed up with a false story about Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, a U.S. general in the Philippines in the early 1900s.

"Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught," he tweeted, referring to a myth that Pershing shot Muslim insurgents with bullets dipped in pigs' blood. "There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!"

The contrasts in the two men's responses captured the attention of many.

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"Trump is such a complete and total failure people have to go back to Obama for leadership…'Mr. Obama, can you say something about this because..you know...Trump,'" writes a reader of The Hill.

"He is pure class. (Take a lesson, Trump)," added another.

"President Obama, please come back!!!!!" chimed in a Daily Mail reader. "God, I miss him and his class, grace, intelligence, thoughtfulness, etc."

"There's just no comparison between the two which may explain why trump hates Obama so much," wrote a fourth. "He will never be anywhere close to the man President Obama is."

Mr. Obama's Barcelona posts come only days after his Charlottesville tweets made social media history.

"'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,'" he wrote, quoting Nelson Mandela in what is now the most-liked Tweet ever, NPR reports.

"'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,'" reads the rest of Mandela's quote. "'For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.'"

Sources: Barack Obama/Twitter (234), Donald Trump/Twitter (2), The Hill, Daily Mail, NPR / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: JT Curses/Wikimedia Commons, Obama White House/Flickr

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