Here Are The Most Popular Tweets From Each Presidential Candidate

A look at the 2016 presidential candidates' most retweeted moments, and what they really mean.

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Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination and then promptly hit a home run with a doozy of a tweet. After the former secretary of state scored U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement, GOP nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter to say something predictably juicy: "Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!" That's when Hill (or her aide or whoever runs her social media) hit him with that quote tweet and told him to delete his account. The burn became Hillary's most retweeted tweet of all time. Of all time.

She's been accused of various "pandering" in the past: trying to appeal to black voters with a Beyoncé-related hot sauce comment, "Hispandering" with an awkward article about abuelas, or simply striking that cringe-worthy "how do you do fellow kids" note. But—as evidenced by her most popular tweet—Clinton's attempts to jive with the zeitgeist must work at least a little, right? 


What better way to gauge someone's social standing than looking to Twitter—a truly public forum, general cesspool, and awesome thing to behold? Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio helped Complex peep each candidate's most popular tweets, and they range from effortlessly honest to painstakingly idiotic.

Clinton's top five tweets:

1. When Trump needed some aloe (for that burn):

Delete your account.

2. When she announced her candidacy:

I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H

3. When she was a One Directioner:

The boys are right. We need everyone's help to get the planet moving in the right direction. #action1D

4. When she watched the Super Bowl:

It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl

5. When she shut down anti-vaxxers:

The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest

Sanders' top five tweets:

1. When he said it like it is:

America's first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK.

2. When the people loved Birdie Sanders:

3. When he watched that clown show (a.k.a. Republican debate):

It's over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt. That's why the Rs are so out of touch.

4. When he told Trump to bring it on:

Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.

5. When he was just bein' Bernie:

I got into politics not to figure out how to become President. I got into politics because I give a damn.

And of course, Trump's top five tweets:

1. When he even put borders around his Mexican (-ish) food:

Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!

2. When he had a really ~*deep thought*~:

I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.

3. When he definitely convinced us that his I.Q. is like, really high:

Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault

4. When he told Mac Miller to kiss his ass:

It was just announced that @MacMiller’s song “DonaldTrump” went platinum—tell Mac Miller to kiss my ass!

5. When he read an inspirational poster in some janky gym:

“No one remembers who came in second.” - Walter Hagen

What do the candidates' best tweets say about them?

Hillary's top five list screams "mass American appeal" by including internet speak, One Direction, the Super Bowl, and of course, family. Bernie's best tweets, on the other hand, are straight up truth bombs, tackling racism, economic inequality, climate change, and student debt. His fifth most popular tweet is almost too earnest to bear: "I got into politics not to figure out how to become President. I got into politics because I give a damn." Conversely, Trump's top tweets just make him look like an idiot that we all liked better in 2012-2013, when he didn't pose a global threat. This very scientific analysis concludes that if you really want to know a person, look to their tweets.

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