Top Tweets of December 2017
Sunday was Christmas Eve, and Donald Trump had finally done it; he had won the war against Christmas. “People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!” he Tweeted. Tweeters did not disappoint. Jon Favreau, host of the podcast “Pod Save America” immediately Tweeted, “Name the town where Jesus was born”. Another Tweeter responded with, “We never stopped saying Merry Christmas, we stopped screaming it in the face of those who don’t celebrate...just like we don’t go around wishing people Happy Birthday on...not...their...birthday.” A thread by Chris Sampson was also noteworthy, the first part of the threat read, “Twas the night before Christmas, when through the White House Not a Kushner was resting, not even his spouse; The documents were hung by the shredder with care, In fears that Bob Mueller soon would be there;” Those are only some of the many, many, interesting Tweets of Christmas Eve.
Then came Christmas, Monday was less crazy than normal, but, as usual there was some chaos. When the host of The Ben Shapiro Show, Ben Shapiro tweeted, “Merry Christmas, and thank God America is a nation founded on Judea-Christian ideals! May that truth never change.” Tweeters immediately responded with opposition. Qasim Rashid responded with, “Except you’re lying This is the truth: Pres Adams signed Senate ratified Treaty of Tripoli, 1797: ‘As the Govt of United States of America is not --in any sense-- founded on the Christian religion, it has no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Muslims’” But Tweeters mostly remained calm on this Christmas day, and attempted to be at peace for just one day. Tay’Challa Gladiates responded to Ben Shapiro with, “It never was, but I hope you had a Merry Christmas nevertheless”.
On Tuesday, everyone was back at it! Tweeters were not happy with the president after he promised to go back to work after Christmas, but instead went golfing the next day while hiding from the press. MSNBC host, Chris Hayes tweeted, “It’s trivial in the scheme of things, but the president pretending he’s not golfing WHEN EVERYONE CAN SEE HE’S GOLFING is representative of so much.”. Also, when Governor Mike Huckabee Tweeted, “Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness. But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn’t retreat. We had a Chamberlin for 8 years; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill.” journalist Ken Klippenstein responded with, “Churchill was deeply racist so there’s that” and another Tweeter said, “I don’t think so. What job @GovMikeHuckabee are you hoping to get?”
On Wednesday MSNBC contributor Scott Dworkin Tweeted a picture of the Oval Office with no one there, he captioned it with, “Live look: Trump working in the Oval Office. Oh, nevermind. He’s still golfing.” Also, when Roy Moore signed an affidavit stating that the sextual assualt allegations against him were untrue, one Tweeter reacted with, “Oh look. It’s the same signature that was in multiple yearbooks of high school students.” And when one tweeter tweeted, “Has Roy Moore conceded yet?”, another responded with, “No. But I understand he’s taken up poetry. According to the story, it’s about a young girl and...well...I stopped reading there.”
On Thursday, when Donald Trump Tweeted, “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” Not surprisingly, he… got some tough responses. “It’s official @realDonaldTrump had saved his Most Ignorant Tweet of the Year for the very end… A fundamental misunderstanding of Global Warming.” responded Brian Krassenstein. Another popular Tweet was that of Ben Boyer, “My wife's nurse had to stand for 30 mins & administer a drug slowly through a syringe because there are almost no IV bags in the continental U.S. anymore. See, they were all manufactured in a Puerto Rican factory which still isn't fixed. Meanwhile that stupid swollen (Expletive) golfs”- this Tweet got 168k likes.
On Friday, after Trump stated in a New York Times interview, “I have the absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department,” former US attorney Preet Bharara responded with, “No, but you do have the right to remain silent.” The New York Times interview was largely discussed on Twitter, former federal prosecutor, Renato Mariotti Tweeted, “Trump’s comments to @nytimes last night reveal that he plans to let his allies attack Mueller and the FBI while he sits back and waits to see how the investigation plays out, while leaving open the possibility that he’ll fire Mueller later.” Another tweeter responded to the interview with, “The NY Times interview with Donald Trump is alarming not just because of the flagrant lies. It’s alarming because it fully exposes his delusional, autocratic view of himself, our government and our country.”
On Saturday, Erica Garner, who became an activist after her father was killed by a police officer in 2014, died after a heart attack at the age of 27. Colin Kaepernick Tweeted, “You will be missed by many! Rest in Power @es_snipes #EricaGarner” Kim Love also tweeted about the activists’ death, “She is ONLY 27 years old. #EricaGarner Your weekly reminder that chronic stress rapidly ages black women by shortening our telomeres, making us more susceptible to certain health conditions. This isn’t science fiction. This is real.” Another Tweeter stated, “This young women literally laid her body down in the place where her father was
killed. She absorbed his loss. There is legacy here...its cost is grievous. #EricaGarner”.