Former President Donald Trump’s presence on Twitter was undoubtedly a spectacle to behold. His tweets, often controversial, have generated massive debates and discussions on the platform. Here are 15 of the most unforgettable tweets from Trump’s Twitter tirades, leaving an indelible mark on the Internet’s collective memory.
1. “Despite the negative press covfefe.”
The Internet went wild over Trump’s seemingly incomplete tweet in May 2017. The mysterious word “covfefe” became an instant meme, spawning countless jokes and parodies. Theories abounded about what the President meant, but ultimately the tweet was deleted, leaving the mystery unsolved.
2. “I have a great relationship with the blacks.”
During his campaign, Trump claimed to have a great relationship with African Americans. This tweet faced immense backlash, with critics accusing him of using insensitive language and generalizing an entire racial group. Some saw it as evidence of his disconnect from the very community he claimed to relate with.
3. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?'”
In November 2017, Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in response to being called “old.” Critics were astonished that the President chose to engage in name-calling on Twitter, potentially escalating diplomatic tensions. Many called it a juvenile exchange unbecoming of a world leader.
4. “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
After winning the presidency in 2016, Trump falsely claimed he had also won the popular vote. This tweet was met with widespread incredulity, as there was no evidence to support his claim. This marked the beginning of Trump’s long history of making unfounded claims about voter fraud.
5. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
By claiming widespread voter fraud, this tweet was repeated by Trump in November 2016 to confirm his false claim of winning the popular vote. Critics pointed out the dangers of undermining public trust in the electoral process. Fact-checkers widely debunked this assertion, but it continued to gain traction among his supporters.
6. “I am a very stable genius.”
As a response to criticisms, Trump defended his mental stability and intelligence in January 2018. The tweet became infamous for its brazen declaration, with opponents mocking him for feeling the need to proclaim his own genius. Trump’s self-praise prompted further debate about his temperament and fitness for office.
7. “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed.”
Then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in September 2018. This tweet was criticized for perpetuating misconceptions about sexual assault reporting and for insensitivity towards survivors.
8. “Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration.”
During a conversation with Kanye West in July 2019, Trump mentioned the arrest of rapper A$AP Rocky in Sweden. Many criticized Trump for interfering in the judicial process of another country, while others saw this tweet as an attempt to curry favor with the African American community.
9. “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.”
Trump attacked actress Meryl Streep on Twitter after she criticized him during her Golden Globes acceptance speech. The tweet shocked many, as Streep is widely considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation. The incident further highlighted Trump’s tendency to retaliate against his critics on social media.
10. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.”
As part of his election campaign, Trump claimed Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. This unfounded accusation sparked controversy and increased scrutiny of Trump’s relationship with the truth. No evidence was ever provided to support the claim, and it was widely debunked.
11. “The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
Several major news outlets were accused by Trump of being the enemy of the American people in February 2017. This tweet caused significant alarm, as critics argued that his rhetoric undermined the role of a free press in a democratic society. Trump’s adversarial relationship with the media persisted throughout his presidency.
12. “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Kim Jong-un and Trump engaged in a Twitter war in January 2018, in which Trump boasted about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. The tweet provoked widespread fear, as it appeared to raise the specter of nuclear conflict. Many world leaders and experts condemned the cavalier tone in discussing such a serious matter.
13. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Following George Floyd’s death, Trump’s tweet in May 2020 sparked outrage. The quote, which originated from a 1960s police chief, was perceived as promoting violence against protesters. Twitter even flagged the tweet as violating its rules on glorifying violence.
14. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
As early as November 2012, Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory linking China to global warming. Critics lambasted Trump for spreading misinformation and denying the scientific consensus on climate change. His continued skepticism contributed to the United States’ eventual withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
15. “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
An unverified dossier containing allegations about Trump was released in January 2017, after which Trump compared intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany in a tweet. This comparison drew widespread condemnation for its historical insensitivity and the damage it could cause to the public’s trust in intelligence institutions.
These 15 controversial tweets from former President Donald Trump offer a snapshot of his tumultuous time on Twitter. From engaging in name-calling to spreading conspiracy theories, Trump’s Twitter tirades left a lasting impact on public discourse and political norms. The legacy of his online presence will likely be studied and debated for years to come.
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