A Deep Dive Into The Tweets Donald Trump Has Liked
Earlier this week, Ivanka Trump’s Twitter account “accidentally” liked a tweet in which her father (Republican presidential nominee and person who brags about having 5 times fewer online followers than Katy Perry, Donald Trump) called her a nice piece of ass, because life is an unending series of nightmares.
This got me wondering, if Ivanka is just now picking up on the family’s Twitter habits, what has the patriarch of this bone-chilling brood of semi-sentient androids been up to online himself?
It turns out, Trump has only liked 44 tweets in his storied online existence. Let’s take a closer look:
IN THE BEGINNING
He really likes the Trump ties.. I dont know what it is… sitting on train.. let me go ask him.. at least they inspire him to dress up!
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) May 19, 2010
It started, as all great stories do, with Mika Brzezinski. 2010 was a simpler time — Trump had not yet accused Mika of carrying on an affair with her TV cohost Joe Scarborough, and it had not become a campaign issue that Trump makes his ties in China. Back then, Trump probably just stumbled upon his name in a tweet (notice she did not tag him, Trump would have had to be searching for his own name), recognized that it contained some semblance of a compliment, and threw it some love. Plus, he wasn’t even a political figure yet! Strangely, it would be two years before Trump would learn to like again.
President Obama’s campaign releases new ad calling Gov. Romney a Job-Killing ‘Vampire’: Watch this new ad titled… http://t.co/aBvWglm0
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) May 14, 2012
Things get stranger in 2012. Trump, while ostensibly supporting Mitt Romney in his campaign against President Obama, subtly likes a tweet that presumably linked to an attack ad from the Obama campaign (Greta Van Susteren is uh, not highly proficient in Windows Explorer and the link no longer works). Was he trying to draw attention to what he saw as an unfair attack? Or was he intentionally giving a boost to a damaging ad for the Romney campaign, perhaps beginning to lay the groundwork for his 2016 campaign?
Daily Briefing: Minority babies are now majority in United States http://t.co/fheY8AUi
— Bill O'Reilly (@oreillyfactor) May 17, 2012
And down the rabbit hole we go. The most openly racist presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan liking a tweet about the disappearance of the white majority? Surely now he’s just confused the like button with the retweet button, right? …right?!
— Deshauna Barber (@MissUSA) July 13, 2012
A photo from the Miss USA account, showing a (semi-shirtless…?) pageant girl draped over a cello? This makes much more sense. All is right in the world of Trump.
BEFORE THE BREAK
— Andrew Hilton (@a_hilton94) November 16, 2012
Here it is. The moment @realDonaldTrump decided to run for president. Just days after Romney suffered a blowout defeat, Trump gets an idea in his head. He would even parrot this line in his convention acceptance speech, saying “I alone can fix it.” So fuck you, @a_hilton94. You did this to us.
First drivers license pic.twitter.com/HYGpmnig
— Debbie Bearce (@drbearce) December 9, 2012
What on earth is even going on here. I mean, this is cute but…. What? Who is that person? How did Trump even find this tweet? He doesn’t follow her. She doesn’t follow him. WHAT IS GOING ON
— hugo levi (@immanuelbenlevi) May 3, 2013
HE IS OUT OF CONTROL. WHY IS DONALD J. TRUMP LIKING TWEETS THAT ALLEGE THAT JODI ARIAS IS INNOCENT, AND THAT INCLUDE A FULL-SIZE VERSION OF THE TWEETER’S PROFILE PICTURE? WHY IS THAT PICTURE TAKEN STRAIGHT FROM EVERY STRANGER DANGER AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL?!? WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS????
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2013
And now he’s liking his own tweets. This is a move I actually respect. Why tweet something if you don’t like it? Anyway, this would be the last tweet he would favorite for more than two and a half years.
AFTER THE BREAK
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 19, 2016
His first like since he started running for president is for a tweet his son sent about a rally before the New York primary. This is disturbingly normal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2016
He’s liking his own tweets again, but this one at the very least is a semi-coherent promo for an upcoming interview. Unclear whether Kellyanne Conway had gotten her hands on the iPhone.
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) September 6, 2016
Seriously, what the fuck is up with this guy? This is literally a tweet about how he’s probably going to lose the presidential election. Who would favorite that? And in particular, why would a narcissist like Trump favorite that? My working theory is that he meant to favorite an earlier tweet the same journalist sent, which showed Trump leading in a poll. Regardless, it’s a bizarre and discomforting error.
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 10, 2016
And finally, the most recent tweet Trump has liked. On its face, this one actually makes sense. His vice presidential running mate tweeted out a compliment (and Trump LOVES compliments!) and he threw it a like. But in context, this tweet was essentially Mike Pence denying that he was planning to drop off the ticket. And on a night when Trump admitted in a debate that he doesn’t talk to his running mate, it’s possible that this might be the extent of their communication. A single tweet sent out into the abyss by Pense, received and acknowledged by Trump, with no love shown beyond the press of a button.
So what have we learned? For starters, we’re fucked. We’re just all so very fucked.
Beyond that, Trump’s evolution as a liker is fascinating. From random compliments early on to random poll numbers later in the campaign, he’s grown into a much more presidential online figure.
Yet the question remains: why did he go more than two years without a like? What was he doing in that time? What’s he hiding? Unfortunately we may never know, as Trump is currently under federal audit by the IRS and therefore can’t release any details about his tweeting habits. Sad!