Social media played a bigger role in Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's campaigns t than in any other presidential matchup. With his bombastic and outrageous tweets, Trump's account often stole the show, while Clinton's more "diplomatic" account rarely got the same attention. But the former secretary of state wasn't always above the fray.
Sure, some were critical of Clinton and her tweets, calling her out for her alleged millennial-pandering tweets like overusing "YAS" or sharing photos with Jay-Z and Beyonce. But generally, she was pretty restrained — and that made her zingers stand out all the more, like when she quoted Trump's complaint about Barack Obama endorsing "Crooked Hillary" with a simple "Delete your account."
Clinton also used Twitter to stand up for and inspire women. Sometimes, that came in the form of defending women who had allegedly faced some of Trump's ugly comments, like Alicia Machado who was allegedly called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeper" by him. Other times, it was to share inspirational messages, like her pinned tweet of a line from her concession speech on Nov. 9: "To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."
I've rounded up some of the Hillary Clinton tweets that blew our mind and continue to do so.
1. Pinned & Simple The Best
"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
This line may go down in history as the most memorable in Clinton's etire 2016 presidential run, and it remains one of her most retweeted.
2. Adorable & Inspiring All At Once
To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you. -H pic.twitter.com/jq7fKlfwGV— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
As cliche as it is, this picture really does seem to say a thousand words — and optimistic ones at that about what the future of America may hold. The black-and-white shot of Clinton against a little girl who could very well be a future president manages to be genuine and heartwarming at once.
3. Standing Up For Alicia Machado
Clinton was not going to let Trump's alleged body-shaming get a free pass, and former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, ultimately became one of the most memorable names of the 2016 presidential race.
4. A Birthday Tweet To Remind Us How Far We Ca Go
Happy birthday to this future president. pic.twitter.com/JT3HiBjYdj— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2016
A little presumptuous? Sure. But there was still something charming and inspiring by seeing a shot of young Hillary Rodham while knowing how far she would go.
5. Powerful & Succinct Rejection Of Misogyny
This is horrific. We cannot allow this man to become president. https://t.co/RwhW7yeFI2— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2016
Remember when she responded to the infamous Access Hollywood tape, revealing Trump's "grab them by the pussy" remarks? She wasn't here to send some zingers. The concise gravity of her words were the spot-on response to how serious Trump's hot mic comments were.
6. Advocating For Marginalized Americans
Except for African Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, women, veterans—and any so-called "losers" or "dummies." https://t.co/rbBg2rXZdm— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 10, 2016
Clinton used Twitter to defend the people she believed were most excluded and maligned by Trump's rhetoric. She didn't tweet as often or vociferously as her opponent, but when she took to Twitter, he comments provided a powerful rebuke.
7. Dropping Some Knowledge On Team Trump
A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his hands anywhere near the nuclear codes. #DebateNight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016
Sometimes, Clinton used Twitter to highlight her best lines from the presidential debates. Here "a man who can be provoked by a tweet" became one of the most quoted of the election.
8. And Some More
"Nobody respects women more than me." —Donald Trump earlier tonight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
"Such a nasty woman." —Donald Trump just now #DebateNight
Of course, recalling her debate zingers also meant bringing the heat sometimes.
9. And Just A Bit More
"Trump just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? Being president." #DebateNight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016
Boom. Drop the mic.
10. Why Fact-Checking Is Important
Throughout her presidential campaign, Clinton positioned herself as the more detail and fact-oriented candidate. While sometimes being wonky doesn't sell, some fact-checking can definitely pay off in the right tweet.
11. Sage Advice
This tweet actually went down as the most retweeted one of the campaign. Sure, it was a nice burn at the time, but considering the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently cited his tweets in a decision against his executive order travel ban, Trump may be wishing he followed that advice.
12. Showing Love For The Women's March
Since so many of the participants at the Jan. 20 march were inspired by her presidential run, Clinton's tweet hit home.
13. The Surprisingly Hilarious Part Of Her Debate Prep
I burst out laughing when I saw this video this morning. Hope it brightens your day. https://t.co/CEcdoaQUuC— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 19, 2017
Since losing the presidency, Clinton has, at times, gotten a bit more colorful with her tweets. Sharing video of her practicing dodging a hug for Trump as part of her debate prep is one of the best examples of Clinton cutting (relatively) loose on Twitter.
14. She Loves Covfefe Jokes — Just Like The Rest Of The Country
People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe. https://t.co/M7oK5Z6qwF— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
When Trump tweeted his ""covfefe" message, it went viral pretty much instantaneously as people across Twitterverse piled on with jokes and memes, However, Clinton may have won the day with her tweet. She later told a California crowd IRL, of the president's tweet: "I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians."