Barack Obama beats Donald Trump in most popular tweets of 2017

Rozina Sabur
The Telegraph
Barack Obama has out done Donald Trump in Twitter's annual top tweets list
Barack Obama has out done Donald Trump in Twitter's annual top tweets list

He may not enjoy the @POTUS handle any longer, but Barack Obama's tweets have proved more popular than Donald Trump's this year.

Despite the current US President's prolific tweeting, it is his predecessor who dominates Twitter's annual list of the most popular tweets. 

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Mr Obama’s tweet quoting Nelson Mandela, “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, making it the second most popular tweet of the year. 

It was tweeted on August 13 - a day after a white nationalist supporter drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville.  

Two other of Mr Obama's tweets featured in the top ten - both of the others sent shortly before his departure from the White House. 

His last tweet as US President, on January 20 said: "It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man." 

The other, also posted in January, said: "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."

None of President Trump's tweets have made the lists, despite him being Twitter's most followed world leader and a prolific tweeter, posting more than 2,000 times since taking office.

NBA star LeBron James' anti-Trump tweet eclipsed any by Mr Trump himself, with more than 600,000 retweets after the controversy over whether basketball team the Golden State Warriors would attend an event at the White House. 

The President appeared to rescind the invitation after members of the team stated they were not going to accept it, but James replied: 

The number one most popular tweet of the year was something more mundane - a quest for a year's supply of free chicken nuggets.

Carter Wilkerson begged the public to retweet him so that he could get a year's worth of free chicken nuggets from American chain Wendy's. 

He fell short of the 18 million bar set by the fast-food chain, but Wendy's gave Mr Wilkerson the nuggets anyway for the effort.

Two of the most popular tweets on the list were to publicise donation drives Houston, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August.

Ariana Grande's tweet in the hours after the terror attack at her Manchester concert was the fourth most retweeted of the year with more than 1.2 million retweets. The singer wrote: 

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