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Obama, not Trump features in popular Twitter posts of 2017

By Sheetal Sukhija, Massachusetts State News
06 Dec 2017, 13:28 GMT+10

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In Twitter’s recently released annual list of the most popular tweets on the platform for the year 2017 - the U.S. President Donald Trump has failed to make a mark.

On the other hand, his predecessor, Barack Obama had three tweets that were the most retweeted ones on the platform by the former U.S. President.

Reports pointed out that the annual list came as a shocker, especially in a year when so much media coverage has been about the U.S. president Donald Trump and his prominent and controversial Twitter activity.

Yet, it was Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama who dominated the list.

Obama’s tweet quoting Nelson Mandela, stating “no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...” had more than 1.7 million retweets.

This was the second most popular tweet of the year. 

It was tweeted on August 13, after the death of the anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville.

Two other tweets posted by Obama also featured in the top 10.

Both these tweets were posted in January as his term in office came to an end.

In one of the tweet, Obama wrote, “Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.”

In another, he said, “It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”

The explicitly anti-Trump sentiment expressed by NBA star LeBron James, posted following the controversy over whether the Golden State Warriors would attend an event at the White House, was also featured on the top 10 list.

Trump tried to rescind the invitation after members of the team stated they were not going to accept it.

Reacting to this, LeBron wrote in a tweet, “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

The fourth most retweeted post of the year was Ariana Grande’s reaction to the deaths at her concert in Manchester after the terrorist bombing in May. 

The star said that she was “broken” by events and the post was retweeted more than a million times.

It said, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.”

A few weeks later, Grande returned to the city to lead a huge fundraising concert.

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