23 Times Politicians Owned Trump On Twitter, Because Dunking On Him Is A Bipartisan Sport
Donald Trump is famous for many things: hosting The Apprentice; calling Rosie O'Donnell "disgusting;" and lest we forget, being elected president. But Trump is perhaps most notorious for his tweets. The president's love for the social media network seemed to grow exponentially after he moved into the White House. Indeed, Twitter is where many of his most notorious public feuds have played out — but that's a two-way street. Plenty of politicians have roasted Trump on Twitter, and those burns are a reminder that not even the presidency can protect you from a social media takedown.
It's no huge shock that many of the politicians who've bested Trump on Twitter are elected Democrats, some of whom are thought to be considering 2020 presidential runs. But others are more surprising; while it makes sense that Iran's supreme leader would snipe at Trump on Twitter, who'd have thought the former prime minister of Sweden would take the time to do the same? Even a few Republicans have joined in on the fun, proving that dunking on Trump is a truly bipartisan sport.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
This is but one of many examples of the senior senator from Massachusetts crafting a calm, measured and devastatingly effective response to one of the president's outbursts (here, he was dusting off his old "Pocahontas" insult).
Rep. Maxine Waters
Waters' loathing of Trump is no secret. She boycotted his inauguration and has called for his impeachment, so it's no surprise that she dinged him after his favored candidate in the Alabama Senate race, Roy Moore, lost. Moore had been accused of sexually assaulting young women, some of them minors, when he was in his 30s; he denied those allegations.
Sen. Ed Markey
Plenty of lawmakers condemned Trump for reportedly telling his advisers that Haiti and certain African nations are "sh*thole countries." Markey was among them, and used Trump's well-known love for moolah to insinuate that the president holds racist views.
Former Rep. John Dingell
Dingell's Twitter game is nothing short of legendary, and his barbs at Trump are some of his best tweets.
Sen. Bob Corker
One of the few vocally anti-Trump Republicans in the Senate, Corker announced in September that he won't be running for re-election, giving him free reign to send tweets like this.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Ouch. Gutierrez dropped a truth bomb.
Sen. Kamala Harris
This tweet is subtle in its flippancy. Although it primarily focuses on the need to give African Americans more job opportunities, Harris' remark that President Obama is the true job creator — and "Trump is just along for the ride" — is precisely the kind of comment that drives the president up a wall.
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander
It would be nice if Kander, the former Missouri Secretary of State, was incorrect in this accusation. But the transcript of Trump's remarks strongly suggests that he does, indeed, believe that the U.S. has an invisible plane.
Rep. Rick Larsen
Obviously, Clinton has no love for Trump, and has criticized him on Twitter many times over. In this tweet from the month before the election, the former senator and secretary of state helpfully juxtaposes Trump's many sexist comments about women against his claim that, actually, he has "great respect" for women.
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Chappelle-Nadal made headlines in August for saying on Facebook that she hopes Trump is assassinated. Although she eventually apologized for that comment, her Twitter feed remains full of anti-Trump invectives and celebrations of his failures.
New Haven, Connecticut Alderman Charles Decker
Conservatives occasionally speculate on how much more successful Trump could be if he were more reasonable and level-headed. Decker, a democratic socialist who was recently elected as an alderman in New Haven, Connecticut, understands why the prospect of a "sensible Trump" is, in fact, an oxymoron.
Rep. Ted Lieu
Lieu represents Los Angeles in the U.S. House, and he spends quite a bit of time bashing Trump on Twitter. After Democrats won a surprise victory in the Alabama special election, Leiu was quick to point out just how little Trump's endorsement mattered in that particular race.
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Your eyes aren't tricking you — those socks actually have (fake) hair coming out of them.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei may be the supreme leader of Iran, but that doesn't mean he's above mocking Trump on Twitter. What constitutes the "true face of America" is debatable, of course — but the fact that global opinion of the United States has plummeted since Trump became president is not.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
Although Trump never responded to this barb from the former governor of Maryland, he probably didn't like being compared to a dog.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
As the former mayor of San Francisco pointed out, the only clear theme of this particular Twitter thread was the president's wounded ego.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt
While railing against the dangers of immigration at a rally last year, Trump asked his supporters to "look at what’s happening last night in Sweden," suggesting that there had been some sort of terror incident in the Scandinavian country. There had been no such incident, however, resulting in this cheeky rebuttal from the country's former Prime Minister.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
Ever since Trump unceremoniously fired him from the powerful Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, Bharara has emerged as a chief Trump critic on Twitter. He often strikes a much more sarcastic tone than he ever could have used publicly as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Rep. Justin Amash
Sometimes, besting Trump on Twitter is as simple as calling his false statements. Amash, one of the few elected Republicans who hasn't fallen in line with Trump, has no qualms about doing just that.
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Merkeley was one of many elected officials to throw shade at Trump for not knowing what the word "treasonous" means.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox
The former president of Mexico has penned many, many anti-Trump tweets. This is just one of them.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The fact that Trump is a Schwarzenegger fanboy makes the former California governor's digs at the president all the more cutting. Here, Schwarzenegger makes fun of Trump for being unpopular.
Twitter has always attracted its fair share of criticism, and that criticism has only grown louder since Trump's election. At the same time, the social media network does make it easy for politicians to publicly tease the president, and for him to do the same to his political opponents — so can it really be all bad?