On August 25th, 2023, Donald Trump made a tweet that got Twitter buzzing. This tweet has gathered over 1 million likes, 240,000 comments, over 450,000 retweets and a whopping 246 million impressions.
Trump’s tweet was not just controversial; it was also the first tweet he made after he got banned from Twitter and decided to pursue his social media influence on another platform.
Trump, “Commander in Tweets”, has been on Twitter for more than a decade and, although controversial, has hacked how to grow viral on Twitter and has become one of the most influential persons on the Twitter/X platform.
Let’s dive into the 40 most controversial Tweets Trump has made.
The 77-year-old has used Twitter more than any President before him.
Trump has been posting actively and well-known since 2010, even before he was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.
Many of Trump’s tweets regularly hit the headlines; they were sometimes used to settle scores, sack people and even make subtle remarks about adversaries.
40 Most Controversial Tweets by Donald Trump
1- “DONALDJTRUMP.COM”. This is the first tweet he made to announce his return to Twitter, his Victory over his arrest and his request for citizens to support his campaign. This tweet was accompanied by a Mug shot he took and some campaign captions.
2- Back in 2016 Mr Trump announced his plans to build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it. This tweet not only created chaos but also caused division among citizens.
3- Trump made a claim accusing then-President Barack Obama of wire-tapping Trump Tower during the election.
4- Trump called COVID-19 the “China virus”. He did this a lot of times in press engagements as well.
5- Trump tweeted on a Monday after spending the weekend in the hospital with coronavirus. His tweet was to tell people not to have fears about COVID-19 and that Trump’s administration could boast of great drugs and knowledge.
6- Trump made a tweet that stirred emotions when he encouraged wearing a facemask as a sign of patriotism after months of denying its importance.
7- Trump tweets another attack on China, claiming they’re responsible for making up global warming.
8- Donald Trump tweeted to argue that he won the popular vote if there were no illegal voters.
9- Trump tweeted an unknown word, “covfefe” which was believed to be a typo error. There were lots of reactions as many businesses tried to patent the word. Today, the word is on Wikipedia with reference to Trump’s tweet. To date, nobody knows what the word means.
10- Trump called the 2020 election the “most corrupt” election in history after analysing that 11,000 North Carolina residents got incorrect voter forms.
11- Trump claimed he could have been Time Magazine’s Person of the Year if only he complied with their instructions, but he didn’t.
12- Trump tweeted at Joe Biden, claiming he’s not scared of his threats and that he would retaliate.
13- Mr Trump's maths caused a backlash when he insisted cases in the US were higher because testing rates were higher.
14- During the Ebola crisis, Trump tweeted that volunteers abroad shouldn't be allowed to return home.
15- In 2017, he had a long fight in court because he used a special rule to make a rule about stopping people from seven Muslim countries from travelling in. He tried many times in court, but it didn't work out. Then, he posted a message on Twitter.
16- Trump says that Obama’s wind turbines kill 13 - 39 million birds yearly.
17- Trump praises the heroic dog who helped in the capture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
18- In January 2017, President Trump got the lowest approval rating since Eisenhower's time. Only 45% of people liked the job he was doing. He said the polls were "rigged" in response.
19- In a Twitter thread, Trump told congresswomen who were not white - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar (who came to the US as a refugee when she was 12) - to leave the US and "go home."
20- Trump fired back at one of America's most-loved actresses and a critic of his, Meryl Streep.
21- Trump tweeted that he knew the hideout of the terrorist Osama Bin Ladin before he was killed by Barrack Obama’s administration.
22- He said the Black Lives Matter movement was becoming a "symbol of hate" in a Twitter tirade against plans to paint a BLM slogan outside Trump Tower.
23- He called London Mayor Sadiq Khan a "stone-cold loser".
24- Trump tweeted his opinion on massive doses of vaccines being the cause of Autism.
25- Trump tweeted that he’s one of the people in the world with the highest I.Q.
26- Trump tweeted that the global warming we should be worried about is nuclear weapons in the hands of "crazy" leaders.
27- In a tweet, Trump warned the Iranian government to desist from threatening the US or bear the consequences.
28- He aimed at Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson after it was revealed she had an affair with a director.
29- He called Stormy Daniels a "horseface" and a "total con" over claims she had an affair with him.
30- In December 2019, he labelled the efforts to impeach him as a "witch hunt," asserting that the claims of seeking assistance from Ukraine to tarnish Joe Biden and enhance his prospects for a 2020 victory were unfounded.
31- Trump has a personal opinion on the conspiracy around Barrack Obama’s American citizenship, despite Obama’s proof in 2011.
32- He made a tweet against popular opinions on the Duchess of Cambridge being photographed topless on her honeymoon. Many agreed it was an invasion of privacy, but Trump didn’t.
33- He made an “insensitive” tweet about the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which saw 12 killed and 11 injured.
34- Trump condemned the 2017 terrorist attack on London Bridge.
35- Mr Trump sent this tweet claiming to "love Hispanics" from Trump Tower in early 2016.
36- He made a joke at the Oscars in 2018, calling himself the only star left.
37- In August 2019, the US president confirmed he was trying to purchase Greenland. The island is Danish territory.
38- Many people called him the best 140-character writer in the world. This might not be far from the truth back then, as it earned him the title “Commander in Tweet”.
39- He tagged the mainstream media as “lamestream media full of lies”.
40- He sent a tweet to former first lady Michelle Obama.
How to Go Viral Like Donald Trump
Donald Trump is a case study for virality on Twitter. His controversial strategies can be studied to help you grow on Twitter. Here’s what you need to do to go viral like Trump.
Have lots of Twitter followers
Post consistently: Trump tweets almost daily, bringing attention to his page.
Stay up to trends
Post controversial topics
How Tweethunter Can Help You Go Viral
TweetHunter can help you increase your impressions and followers on Twitter/X; it helps you create top-notch content, attract the right audience and set your posts on schedule.
Choose a niche on Twitter: Finding your niche means finding a main, specific focus within a large market for which you can create content.
Leverage existing viral tweets. The best way to find trendy Twitter topics is to know how to leverage top trends. Tweethunter gives you a catalogue of thousands of viral tweets based on the keyword you input, which you can tweak and republish to go viral.
Craft a Catchy Headline: A catchy headline makes readers read what the rest of the tweet contains. You can learn how to write a perfect tweet that stops scrollers in their tracks here.
Perfectly time your tweets: You must understand your audience to know when they’re more active. The best way to master your timing is to use Twitter analytics for your engagement metrics.
Engage with your audience: When your tweet begins to blow up, and people engage with your tweets, engage them with your replies. This will spark more reactions and conversations, thus increasing Twitter's reach of the tweet.
While Trump’s tweet might have gathered haters for him, he has also been able to win the loyalty of many of his followers and gained huge influence that drives decisions.
One particular lesson is that he constantly tweets, and his strategies for getting attention put his page in the spotlight both by loyal followers and haters who stalk his page.
Lastly, Trump has bypassed traditional media through Twitter and communicated directly to a broader audience which is a good hack for creators to learn from.