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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Tweet: HAPPY EASTER!
Total engagement: 249,985 (208,808 favorites / 41,177 retweets)
Date: April 1, 2018 at 12:27 PM
On April 1, President Trump wished America a happy Easter. He spent much of the rest of the holiday using Twitter to fling attacks at Mexico, Democrats, and the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Tweet: THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!
Total engagement: 252,579 (193,630 favorites / 58,949 retweets)
Date: March 28, 2018 at 9:52 AM
In March, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an editorial suggesting the Second Amendment, which protects gun rights, should be repealed. In response, the NRA-endorsed president took to his favorite communication medium to reinforce his commitment to gun owners while reiterating the influence the Supreme Court wields on weighty political issues.
Tweet: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! pic.twitter.com/mYtV5GNdLl
Total engagement: 253,225 (204,657 favorites / 48,568 retweets)
Date: December 25, 2017 at 1:36 PM
President Trump used Christmas Eve as a chance to report that thanks to his leadership, people were "saying Merry Christmas again." Despite the alleged secular ban on the phrase, the president boldly tweeted "MERRY CHRISTMAS" the very next day—along with a video about the meaning of Christmas he recorded with First Lady Melania Trump.
Tweet: The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.
Total engagement: 254,024 (194,145 favorites / 59,879 retweets)
Date: February 25, 2017 at 1:19 PM
Shortly after taking office, President Trump took to Twitter to parrot statements made just an hour earlier by former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. The pair focused their outrage on a common conservative target, the media, this time for not giving what they believed to be sufficient importance to the fact that the national debt dropped by $12 billion during Trump's short time in office. The problem was that $12 billion represents just .06 percent of America's debt burden, an insignificant number considering the national debt can swing by .19 percent either way in a single day.
Tweet: If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
Total engagement: 255,133 (201,603 favorites / 53,530 retweets)
Date: January 25, 2017 at 2:25 AM
Early into 2017, a report detailed a crisis of violence and crime that left dozens dead and hundreds wounded in less than one month in Chicago. Referencing a line from his inaugural address, Trump tweeted an ultimatum to the city: get the violence under control or Trump will order the federal government to do it for them. The tweet preceded a blitz of tough talk on cable news during which the president called the city out for not being tough enough on crime. Chicago city officials responded by saying they would welcome federal help.
Tweet: The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
Total engagement: 255,215 (201,341 favorites / 53,874 retweets)
Date: September 25, 2017 at 11:39 AM
While in Huntsville, Alabama, in front of a nearly all-white crowd during a campaign stop for Senate candidate Luther Strange, President Trump waded again into a familiar paroxysm of the growing trend of NFL players taking a knee in protest during the National Anthem. While the weekly demonstrations included players from many backgrounds, the protests were meant to shine further light on a highly publicized rash of killings of black civilians at the hands of police. During the rally, Trump made a point to contrast the NFL against the mostly white NASCAR circuit - which recently made a statement condemning the NFL protests.
Tweet: Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
Total engagement: 257,958 (206,117 favorites / 51,841 retweets)
Date: January 20, 2018 at 6:51 PM
A year after taking flak for criticizing global, woman-centric marches that sprung up in protest of his inauguration, President Trump took a milder tone in addressing the same marches in 2018. This year, he used the event as an opportunity to tout the strides he believed his administration had made toward promoting female empowerment.
Tweet: Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!
Total engagement: 258,389 (210,380 favorites / 48,009 retweets)
Date: January 29, 2017 at 1:08 PM
Immigration was a central theme in Trump's campaign. After taking office, he delivered on some of his promises from 2016—or at least he tried. After a judge issued an emergency stay against Trump's proposed 90-day travel ban, which blocked the entry of people from seven Muslim countries, Trump used Twitter as a platform to voice his discontent citing a recent influx of Muslims to Europe as a cautionary tale.
Tweet: I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!
Total engagement: 262,028 (209,239 favorites / 52,789 retweets)
Date: December 30, 2017 at 10:36 PM
By the end of 2017, President Trump was synonymous with unbridled social media statements. When The New York Times printed an anonymously sourced story claiming the Russia investigation was triggered by former campaign aide George Papadopoulos Trump turned to social media both to vent his anger and explain his relentless use of the platform.
Tweet: In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
Total engagement: 267,089 (203,557 favorites / 63,532 retweets)
Date: December 29, 2017 at 12:01 AM
On a particularly frigid run-up to New Year's Eve, President Trump used Twitter to espouse logic that's common among some global warming skeptics—”if it's cold where I happen to be right now, climate change must not be real.” He also used the moment to convey another often-cited complaint from the anti-climate change movement that perceptively the U.S. is charged with paying a disproportionate chunk of the bill associated with maintaining the planet's health.
Tweet: Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
Total engagement: 268,412 (207,113 favorites / 61,299 retweets)
Date: September 23, 2017 at 12:45 PM
It's tradition for championship-winning teams to be invited to the White House. President Trump honored this tradition when the Golden State Warriors emerged as kings of the NBA—for all but one player, that is. Star point guard Steph Curry learned on Twitter that Trump had revoked his invitation after Curry criticized the president and implied he likely wouldn't attend.
Tweet: If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
Total engagement: 269,628 (208,886 favorites / 60,742 retweets)
Date: February 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM
In early February, U.C. Berkeley canceled a planned speech by conservative firebrand and political rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley students and other opponents launched a massive protest that turned into a near riot, with some of the 1,500 Yiannopoulos detractors breaking windows and throwing barricades. In response, President Trump went on Twitter to question whether the incident should disqualify the larger U.C. system from the billions of dollars in federal aid it receives.
Tweet: Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course)!
Total engagement: 270,093 (211,662 favorites / 58,431 retweets)
Date: March 6, 2018 at 1:25 PM
President Trump has repeatedly revealed himself to be obsessed with ratings, a loathing for Hollywood, and an insatiable craving for the spotlight. In a tweet in the wake of a poorly rated Academy Awards show, the president used a kidding, not kidding tweet to put all three character traits on public display.
Tweet: Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!
Total engagement: 272,253 (215,487 favorites / 56,766 retweets)
Date: January 29, 2017 at 3:03 PM
The president used the word "horror" in a tweet referring to the long and catastrophic war in Syria—a sentiment that would be hard to dispute considering the magnitude of the tragedy. In support of his policy to prioritize the immigration of Syrian Christians fleeing the horror, Trump pointed out that Christians in the Middle East had been targeted for especially cruel treatment. In a later interview, the president reiterated his position, but expanded it to say that, "everybody was persecuted, in all fairness."
Tweet: January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
Total engagement: 272,281 (213,072 favorites / 59,209 retweets)
Date: January 20, 2017 at 5:53 PM
During his inaugural address, the newly sworn-in President Trump vowed to fight for "the forgotten men and women of our country," which he proclaimed got him elected after facing years of neglect from previous leaders. In a tweet commemorating the changing of the political guard, Trump assured his base that their needs would steer his administration's policies.
Tweet: Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
Total engagement: 272,689 (205,962 favorites / 66,727 retweets)
Date: October 21, 2017 at 12:35 PM
A law required the National Archives to release thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of President Kennedy by October 26, 2017. Trump, however, had the power to block the release of some of those documents, but he reassured the public via Twitter that that would not be the case.
Total engagement: 273,870 (202,270 favorites / 71,600 retweets)
Date: September 25, 2017 at 1:02 PM
Two tweets President Trump fired off on September 25, 2017 made it into his top 50—both pertaining the NFL's National Anthem protest. In this case, the president unveiled a new hashtag to register his disapproval: #StandForOurAnthem.
Tweet: Hope you like my nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the United States Supreme Court. He is a good and brilliant man, respected by all.
Total engagement: 275,491 (242,712 favorites / 32,779 retweets)
Date: February 1, 2017 at 3:45 AM
Shortly after taking office, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that opened when Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly died roughly one year prior. The seat was rightfully President Obama's to fill, but Senate Republicans denied Obama a vote on the nomination of his pick to fill Scalia's seat, Judge Merrick Garland.
Tweet: The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!
Total engagement: 277,406 (214,327 favorites / 63,079 retweets)
Date: August 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Near the end of summer, 2017, President Trump reached out via Twitter to express his condolences and offer his support to the people of Spain. A terrorist rammed a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona, leaving more than a dozen dead and injuring nearly 100. Just one weekend before, the president himself had been condemned for refusing to use the word "terrorism" after a similar attack in Charlottesville, N.C.
Tweet: People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Total engagement: 280,043 (227,699 favorites / 52,344 retweets)
Date: December 25, 2017 at 2:56 AM
One of the hallmarks of America's culture clash is the so-called "War on Christmas," a term some conservatives and Christians use to symbolize what they perceive as the secularization and commercialization of Christmas. On Christmas Day 2017, President Trump declared on Twitter not only that the War on Christmas had been won, but that victory in the symbolic battle could be credited to his leadership.
Tweet: HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY - MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Total engagement: 280,725 (234,173 favorites / 46,552 retweets)
Date: February 20, 2017 at 2:33 PM
President's Day is a federal holiday, and President Trump marked the occasion by wishing America a happy President's Day and reminding them of his campaign slogan. Later that day in an email, Trump announced he was launching his own President's Day sale for MAGA-related gear. After mentioning himself alongside Presidents Washington and Lincoln, Trump wrote "CELEBRATE President’s Day with 30% off ALL official Presidential merchandise with code POTUS."
Tweet: Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
Total engagement: 281,263 (200,557 favorites / 80,706 retweets)
Date: May 31, 2017 at 10:09 AM
On May 31, 2017, Donald Trump fired off a tweet reading "despite the constant negative press covfefe." The BBC mused that he likely meant to write "coverage," but jumped the gun and prematurely sent a tweet with a typo. The Internet went into a feeding frenzy of bemusement, mockery and speculation as to the meaning of the new word. Just six hours later, Trump himself got in on the action and challenged the global online community to decipher his latest Trumpism.
Tweet: SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
Total engagement: 292,146 (228,161 favorites / 63,985 retweets)
Date: February 9, 2017 at 11:35 PM
When an appeals court refused to reinstate President Trump's controversial travel ban, he utilized Twitter to announce that he would pursue further legal action until the ban would be approved. In caps lock, he yelled the phrase "SEE YOU IN COURT;" the internet was quick to remind the president that court is the very place where the ruling judges work everyday.
Tweet: MAGA! https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989227154993963009
Total engagement: 293,297 (232,695 favorites / 60,602 retweets)
Date: April 25, 2018 at 9:18 PM
Controversial rapper Kanye West recently caused a furor in the hip-hop community and beyond when he espoused his newfound love for President Trump and boasted on Twitter that the president even autographed the rapper's shiny, new MAGA hat. The president responded simply, "MAGA."
Tweet: Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
Total engagement: 299,608 (237,206 favorites / 62,402 retweets)
Date: January 28, 2018 at 1:18 PM
In January, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z criticized President Trump while appearing on the debut episode of the "Van Jones Show" on CNN. Trump responded by informing the rap superstar that his administration's policies led to record-low unemployment among African-Americans, a statement that was partially true. Black Americans are indeed enjoying historically low unemployment rates—but those rates have been dropping consistently since 2010.
Tweet: Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!
Total engagement: 301,326 (243,401 favorites / 57,925 retweets)
Date: February 1, 2017 at 12:50 PM
In yet another travel ban-related tweet, Trump defended the intention of the policy and derided its opponents for what he saw as politically correct mincing of words. He implied that his detractors were not concerned with the purpose of the travel restriction, but were instead preoccupied with the word "ban."
Tweet: We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse
Total engagement: 308,189 (235,971 favorites / 72,218 retweets)
Date: June 4, 2017 at 11:19 AM
In response to a terrorist attack near London Bridge in England, President Trump used the occasion to reiterate a belief he welcomed since his campaign. The president stated again that he believed political correctness to be the enemy of security—and that the attack was made possible because authorities didn't go after potential terrorists out of fear of pressure to be polite.
Tweet: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Total engagement: 309,447 (246,634 favorites / 62,813 retweets)
Date: February 4, 2017 at 2:26 PM
It's hard to pin down exactly what compelled the president to tweet out his campaign slogan in all caps and punctuated with an exclamation point on Feb. 4, 2017—there was a lot going on that day. The president was at his resort in Mar a Lago facing the prospects of protests following him to Florida since, his travel ban was just put on hold and he recently decided to scale back financial industry regulations.
Tweet: Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!
Total engagement: 318,511 (256,058 favorites / 62,453 retweets)
Date: June 3, 2017 at 11:24 PM
In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack in London, President Trump tweeted his support for and solidarity with the British people. That sentiment, however, was soon lost among a volley of tweets he launched attacking London's first Muslim mayor, renewing his call for strict immigration policies, and reaffirming his support for gun rights - which he justified by pointing out that guns weren't used in the attack.
Tweet: What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!
Total engagement: 327,843 (258,259 favorites / 69,584 retweets)
Date: February 6, 2017 at 3:36 AM
In 2017, the New England Patriots led by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick once again found a way to win yet another Super Bowl—but the Lombardi Trophy was by no means guaranteed. The Pats launched a come-from-behind victory after gobbling up what had been a hefty Falcons lead. Many on Twitter compared the unexpected victory to Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race—a comparison that apparently brought him considerable glee.
Tweet: THANK YOU for another wonderful evening in Washington, D.C. TOGETHER, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/V3aoj9RUh4
Total engagement: 331,847 (281,488 favorites / 50,359 retweets)
Date: January 21, 2017 at 4:56 AM
After a series of balls and celebrations capping off the pomp of President Trump's inauguration, the newly minted Commander in Chief sent out a tweet thanking organizers and spectators for the event. The tweet was capped with a video of the new president and first lady dancing to “That’s What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, who themselves are not fans of Trump. Neither is the song's writer Savan Kotecha, which prompted him to threaten a lawsuit because the song was used without permission.
Tweet: Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
Total engagement: 332,063 (257,183 favorites / 74,880 retweets)
Date: March 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM
During a rally against sexual assault, former Vice President Joe Biden referred to lewd comments President Trump made as a candidate, and stated that had Trump performed the same stunt at Biden's high school, Biden would have taken "him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him." Trump took to Twitter to let Biden know that he in fact, would have been the one to beat up Biden in the hypothetical schoolyard brawl.
Tweet: Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
Total engagement: 341,397 (268,254 favorites / 73,143 retweets)
Date: November 19, 2017 at 5:42 PM
In 2017, members of the UCLA basketball team were arrested and detained in China for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses. When they were released, Trump took the credit—a point that one of the teens' fathers disputed while downplaying his son's alleged crime. Trump responded by saying the charges were indeed serious, and had he predicted such a lack of gratitude from the family, he would then let the Chinese legal process take its course.
Tweet: My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
Total engagement: 381,172 (309,171 favorites / 72,001 retweets)
Date: October 2, 2017 at 11:11 AM
When a gunman opened fire on revelers at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, the massive death toll would give the event the unfortunate title of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. In response, President Trump assumed what in America is the all-too-frequent presidential job of “consoler-in-chief.”
Tweet: The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
Total engagement: 399,701 (300,700 favorites / 99,001 retweets)
Date: January 1, 2018 at 12:12 PM
In his very first tweet of the new year, President Trump launched a verbal offensive at Pakistan, accusing the country of bilking America out of aid money. After 9/11, America entered into a tense strategic partnership with Pakistan since it borders Afghanistan where the 9/11 terrorists were based.
Tweet: Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989179757651574784
Total engagement: 468,428 (359,978 favorites / 108,450 retweets)
Date: April 25, 2018 at 7:33 PM
Rounding out the top five is yet another Kanye-related tweet. In response to public and unexpected support from rapper Kanye West, the president went on Twitter to thank the famous hip-hop star and Kardashian husband. The unlikely friends originally met during the presidential transition.
Tweet: 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.
Total engagement: 473,742 (387,173 favorites / 86,569 retweets)
Date: January 22, 2017 at 2:23 PM
When wide-ranging feminist protests swept America and the world following Trump's inauguration, Trump originally responded by belittling the protesters and pointing out the fact that he had won the election. A few hours later, he softened his stance with a tweet supporting their right to protest, even if he didn't agree with their point.
Tweet: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
Total engagement: 681,250 (493,831 favorites / 187,419 retweets)
Date: January 3, 2018 at 12:49 AM
The beginning of 2018 witnessed a tense war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leader of the poor, isolated, and nuclear-armed country of North Korea. In a back-and-forth quarrel—that many found reckless, considering the weighty subject matter—both leaders implied their ability and willingness to use nuclear weapons in an attack on the other. The mutual chest-thumping culminated in a mine-is-bigger-than-yours Trump tweet showcasing the superiority of America's nuclear arsenal.
Tweet: 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!
Total engagement: 872,431 (608,889 favorites / 263,542 retweets)
Date: November 12, 2017 at 12:48 AM
As the public dustup between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un intensified, the war of words devolved into a name-calling spat that started with the Korean dictator calling Trump a "dotard," which translates into "old lunatic." Trump responded to the attack on his age by assailing the well-fed dictator's weight and height.
Tweet: #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg
Total engagement: 925,048 (575,583 favorites / 349,465 retweets)
Date: July 2, 2017 at 1:21 PM
The single biggest tweet of Trump's career came on the heels of a weeklong lambasting of the media, particularly CNN, which he dismissed as "fake news" and "garbage journalism." The spat culminated in a tweet of a video from Trump's past in which the future president body slammed and pummeled wrestling impresario Vince McMahon during a WWE event. In this case, however, the video was doctored to superimpose the CNN logo over McMahon's head.