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How White House talk dominated year’s top retweets, despite surprising omission

Twitter released its top retweets for 2017 on Tuesday.
Twitter released its top retweets for 2017 on Tuesday. Associated Press file

When people think of politics and Twitter, President Donald Trump likely comes to mind.

On top of keeping the nation updated on matters in the White House, Trump has also caused stirs with misspelled words (think “covfefe”) and attacks on the NFL and the father of basketball players. Even his account being disabled for a brief period of time got people talking.

The social media company on Tuesday released its top retweets for 2017, according to The Associated Press. Four of them have White House connections, but none came from Trump.

Former President Barack Obama had three of them, including the second-most retweeted post. The other was from Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry not going on the ceremonial White House trip sports champions usually make.

2017’s top 10 retweets

10. Seth Joseph, on the suicide hotline.

9. Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin, on donating dog food to Hurricane Harvey victims.

8. Obama, thanking Americans for electing him.

7. James, on the Warriors not going to the White House.

6. Linkin Park, with an image of Chester Bennington, the band’s lead singer who died on July 20.

5. Obama, once again with a message of thanks.

4. Ariana Grande, on the attack at her concert in Manchester, England.

3. Penn State Interfraternity Council, pledging help for Houston’s hurricane victims.

2. Obama, condemning the attacks in Charlottesville, Va.

1. Carter Wilkinson, trying to get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s.

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