Top Trump tweets since taking office
Abraham Lincoln recognized the power of the telegraph and used it as a potent weapon in winning the Civil War, making him what the New York Times called "the first wired president." Franklin Roosevelt used the radio's far reach to talk directly to the American people in their own homes through his famous "fireside chats." A generation later in 1960, an obscure senator named John F. Kennedy rose to stardom and captured the presidency after history's first televised debate trouncing a tense and visibly perspiring Richard Nixon —an event radio listeners thought Nixon had won handily.
Presidents succeed when they become early adopters of the media technology that defines their times. Donald Trump, a brash former reality TV star who loathes traditional media and loves talking without a filter, found a powerful weapon in social media. From roasting his opponents and praising his supporters to riling up his base and defending his policies, President Trump has made social media the cornerstone of his administration's message machine—oftentimes to the objections of his own staff.
Using data from Twitter-analytics company Social Bearing, Stacker ranked the top tweets President Trump issued between Jan 20, 2017 when he first took office and May 1, 2018. We ranked his tweets according to the level of engagement received, including retweets and favorites.
Click through to learn about President Donald Trump's top 50 tweets.
#50: Social media for Presidents
Tweet: My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
Total engagement: 242,147 (189,007 favorites / 53,140 retweets)
Date: July 1, 2017 at 10:41 PM
In the summer of 2017, President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm directed at "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. His attacks triggered widespread criticism from the media, many Democrats and some Republicans, implored the president to be more "presidential" as he promised on the campaign trail. His initial response was to attack "FAKE AND FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA," and then sent another tweet explaining that his outbursts were simply a modernized version of accepted presidential behavior.
#49: Most dishonest and corrupt media awards
Tweet: I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!
Total engagement: 242,851 (193,400 favorites / 49,451 retweets)
Date: January 3, 2018 at 1:05 AM
On January 2, 2018, President Trump put his own twist on awards season by taking to Twitter announcing that he would distribute accolades of his own to the media—but more in the spirit of the Razzies than the Oscars. A little more than two weeks later, Trump released the results of his Fake News Awards; instead of a red carpet event, it turned out to be a link to a list of news stories that did contain errors, but had mostly since been corrected.
#48: April Syrian airstrike
Tweet: A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
Total engagement: 243,485 (200,090 favorites / 43,395 retweets)
Date: April 14, 2018 at 12:21 PM
In response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, president Trump ordered strikes on military targets in the war-torn country. Trump took to Twitter to thank America's participating allies and announce that the strikes were a success—a sentiment largely echoed by American military officials. His use of the phrase “mission accomplished,” however, drew gasps since it was the same verbiage printed on a massive sign that served as a backdrop for President George W. Bush when he famously (and prematurely) announced the end of combat operations in Iraq in 2003.
#47: Taking a knee, taking to Twitter
Tweet: Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag --- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Total engagement: 244,479 (193,711 favorites / 50,768 retweets)
Date: September 24, 2017 at 7:32 PM
By the end of September 2017, much of the nation had an opinion on the protests that had swept the NFL and compelled many players to take a knee during the national anthem. President Trump staked his claim in the debate with a series of anti-NFL tweets that came with hefty doses of patriotism and reverence for the flag, anthem, country, and troops. President Trump's detractors were quick to point out that during his campaign he was criticized for belittling John McCain's war record and for attacking a Clinton-supporting Gold Star family.
#46: Giving of thanks
Tweet: HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years....!
Total engagement: 245,016 (202,627 favorites / 42,389 retweets)
Date: November 23, 2017 at 11:28 AM
On November 23, 2017, most of America was at home feasting on turkey and thinking of reasons to be grateful. With no fewer than eight self-high-fives to his administration, President Trump reminded them that they should be thankful for his time in office but, not before wishing the country a "HAPPY THANKSGIVING."
#45: Murder in Charlottesville
Tweet: We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
Total engagement: 245,408 (188,688 favorites / 56,720 retweets)
Date: August 12, 2017 at 5:19 PM
In the summer of 2017, American televisions were plastered with images of heavily armed neo-Nazi groups including the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations descending on Charlottesville, North Carolina carrying torches for an alt-right demonstration in defense of a Confederate monument. Counter-protesters converged, violence erupted and police failed to intervene. After learning that a white supremacist killed a woman by ramming his car into a crowd of protesters, President Trump delivered a tepid and widely panned response that delivered a false equivalency by assigning blame equally to both sides. Trump later sent what appeared to be a conciliatory tweet but, still failed to condemn white supremacists.
#44: The Eagles win the big game
Tweet: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!
Total engagement: 245,997 (210,301 favorites / 35,696 retweets)
Date: February 5, 2018 at 3:54 AM
When the dust settled at the end of Super Bowl LII, President Trump put his long-standing disdain for the NFL aside and congratulated the Philadelphia Eagles on one of the most dramatic and improbable victories in football history. After a slew of gutsy and perfectly executed play calls, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history by toppling the mighty New England Patriots. Even though the juggernaut Patriots played at the top of their game, the Eagles defeated them soundly—all with a backup quarterback.
#43: Massacre in Las Vegas
Tweet: I am so proud of our great Country. God bless America!
Total engagement: 248,688 (207,146 favorites / 41,542 retweets)
Date: October 3, 2017 at 11:40 AM
On October 1, 2017, a gunman in Las Vegas opened fire from an upstairs hotel window with a legally modified automatic fire rifle on a crowd of helpless concertgoers. When the chaos settled, 58 people were dead and hundreds more were injured in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. In an attempt to soothe a reeling nation, Trump turned to a familiar theme—pride of country—with a tweet two days later.
#42: Hail to the Chief
Tweet: Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!
Total engagement: 248,916 (210,589 favorites / 38,327 retweets)
Date: January 22, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump, known for his obsession with TV ratings, boasted on Twitter that 31 million people tuned in to watch the event, 11 million more than President Obama's inauguration four years prior. What he neglected to mention was that four years earlier was President Obama's second inauguration. Obama's first inauguration attracted about 7 million more viewers than President Trump's celebration.
#41: Women rise up
Tweet: Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.
Total engagement: 249,482 (205,930 favorites / 43,552 retweets)
Date: January 22, 2017 at 12:47 PM
Shortly after President Trump's inauguration, millions of women across the world took to the streets in protest of his perceived misogyny. In response, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the protests and the many celebrities in attendance. A few hours later, however, he backpedaled and tweeted "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."