The relationship that President Donald Trump has with Twitter is well-documented, notorious, and much-discussed. As it turns out, even with his prolific use of the social media platform, Trump isn’t the best at Twitter. Even more ironic, former president Barack Obama has four of 2017’s most popular tweets, while Trump has… zero.
This week, Twitter released its year-in-review, which includes the most liked and retweeted tweets of the year. The most liked tweet of 2017 was posted by Barack Obama.
The tweet was in response to the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past August. It was a quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” It was also the second most retweeted tweet of the year.
“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
Obama’s tweet in response to John McCain’s cancer diagnosis was the third most liked tweet of the year. Both of those tweets were posted from Obama’s personal account. Two more tweets authored by the former president, but posted from the archived account of his presidency were also among 2017’s most retweeted on Twitter.
President Donald Trump was the most discussed US leader on Twitter, and the most tweeted about world leader, but none of his tweets were in the lists of most liked or most retweeted. It would seem that, even though Trump tweets copiously, his messages aren’t as popular as former president Barack Obama’s.
This is probably because, while he tweets much less, Obama’s tweets are much more meaningful. Trump uses Twitter to talk smack against people he doesn’t like, attack the media, and generally discuss how awesome he is, and how people who don’t recognize his awesomeness are morons. On the other hand, Obama tweets with the same grace and dignity he brought to the office of President. Clearly, no one has explained to Trump that no amount of money can buy class.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017