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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

"I am not racist, but all these other things are!"
“I am not racist, but all these other things are!”

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President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he’s not racist this week.

What with blaming “many sides” and the “alt-left” after this weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he’s making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed “both sides,” emboldening the KKK and white supremacists. 

Trump has yet to denounce the hate groups that brought fear into Charlottesville’s streets, beginning with a racist, torch-lit march Friday night, on Twitter, his messaging platform of choice. Holding back on Twitter insults seems pretty unlike Donny Boy.

In fact, after searching through the depths of the Trump Twitter Archive, it’s clear Trump has no problem publicly decrying things and people as racist — so long as they’re not Nazis or white supremacists.

Barack Obama

First black president? Must be racist. So racist that he warranted another tweet.

Touré

This man wrote Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now, so that makes sense? Right? According to Trump, Touré’s a very boring racist responsible for racist coverage on MSNBC and has bad ratings.

Jon Stewart

Is John Stewart racist? Well that YouTube video doesn’t work, so we can’t really say.

Danny Zuker

Zuker seems to have referenced an example of Trump being racist … but maybe he’s actually the racist one.

Bryant Gumbel

Another black man Trump accuses of being racist … Trump also called him a talentless, really dumb, man with a “long and deep record of failure.” But to be clear, Trump doesn’t think Gumbel’s stories are racist — just him.

Anthony Weiner

What do you even say to that?

Football coaches

Come again?

Black-ish

Forget the fact that the show is about a black man trying to raise his family in today’s society with a strong sense of cultural identity, Trump feels the title is racist.

Django Unchained

You know, the movie about a freed slave…

The Maryland Democrat Party

K.

Macy’s

Yes, the department store.

Bill and Hillary Clinton

You saw that one coming.

Elizabeth Warren

Ugh.

Tavis Smiley

How many black men does this make, Trump?

Turn the tables

While the archive shows many accusations from Trump, it also shows some of the many who’ve called him racist. Over the years big names like David Letterman, Al Sharpton, Donny Deutsch, and Mitt Romney have called the president racist — but he continues to assure us all he is not.

This all makes a lot of sense. Really.

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The most-liked tweet in history says a lot about how the world is doing


The events that unfolded this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked reactions from all corners of the internet. But one Twitter user, former President Barack Obama, had a response that resonated with millions.

Last night, this tweet from Obama became the most-liked tweet on the platform ever, with more than 3 million likes at the time of writing.

Sadly, this common-sense tweet stands in direct opposition to a shocking number of people who side with the Alt-Right, including current President Donald Trump.

But what’s more interesting, perhaps, is the lens that Twitter offers us through which to view the world. In 2014, the most retweeted and liked tweets on the platform included Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie.

It was followed by Justin Bieber’s… this:

This year, the second-most liked tweet was Ariana Grande’s reaction to the Manchester bombing:

To be fair, all hope is not lost. The #NuggsForCarter kid still holds the record for most retweets this year, at 3.42 million. But truthfully, that doesn’t offer much solace.

It’s depressing AF that the most-liked tweets of the year, thus far, are in reaction to terrorism and xenophobia, and say something that we should all inherently know: that all people are created equal.

Obama responds to Charlottesville with one of the most liked tweets in history

Barack Obama, you are missed.
Barack Obama, you are missed.

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After a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, former president Barack Obama reached out on Twitter to comfort Americans.

While President Trump was silent on the platform, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared a powerful message in the form of a Nelson Mandella quote about hate and the potential to love.

The first of Obama’s three tweets has since become the third most-liked tweet in history, according to Esquire

The tweet, which featured a photograph of Obama peering at young children through a window, began the quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion…”

It quickly amassed over 2 million likes and 970,000 retweets, nearing other record-setting tweets like Ellen’s famous Oscars selfie, which got in impressive 2,419,012 likes back in 2014 and Ariana Grande’s 2017 tweet to fans after the deadly Manchester bombing attacks took place at one of her concerts. Grande’s emotional tweet currently holds the top spot on Twitter with 2,703,092 likes.

After his tweet, Obama then went on to finish the quote, writing “‘People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ – Nelson Mandela.”

Obama was heavily praised for speaking up in wake of the tragic events that took place in Charlottesville, especially since Trump appeared reluctant to address the rally. Trump was criticized by notable political and cultural figures including Chelsea Clinton and J.K. Rowling. 

Eventually, he condemned violence “on many sides,” but didn’t explicitly call out white supremacists. 

Then, on Monday afternoon — two days after the fact — Trump gave an impromptu announcement to the press, while gazing deeply into his teleprompter. 

After bragging about the current strength of the economy, the president publicly addressed those at fault for the violence, condemning the racist actions of members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.

Obama’s message just goes to show that quality of tweets is more valuable than quantity … take notes, Trump.

Mashable reached out to Twitter for additional comments.

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Trump’s latest social media video is a terrible masterpiece

It seems every week the White House social team tries out different video transitions … and it always looks terrible. 

Here’s a brief look at this week’s masterpiece, which is 3-plus minutes of photos and videos sliding from the top, bottom, and sides of the screen, accompanied by Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”  It ends with a Looney Tunes effect on a waving American flag. 

Watch the whole thing, if you dare. 

These video skills are out of control, as people noticed on Twitter. 

This hardly the first time a Trump video has gone overboard with the special effects and transitions —  in just the past week. 

They went all in on squares to recap Trump’s FEMA meeting last week.

The page turns were relentless covering Trump’s rally in West Virginia.

Easy on the animations, social team. 

That’s all, folks.

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Nobody is joining Twitter, so let’s just blame Trump

Twitter may be President Donald Trump’s favorite tool, but for the average person, its appeal has apparently become a bit lackluster. 

In three months, Twitter’s growth has remained flat, sitting at 328 million monthly active users, the company reported on Thursday as part of its quarterly earnings release.

Even worse, the company also saw a decrease in revenue this quarter.

In America, home of one of Twitter’s most notorious users, monthly active users fell by two million, while international users grew, the company said in its letter to shareholders

Maybe Americans are sick of political Twitter, or maybe they’re just tired of the constant feed of news. Who knows. 

It’s definitely not a bright spot in the company’s quarterly financial report, but hey, it isn’t all bad news. 

Monthly active usage has increased by five percent year over year, and daily active usage has increased by 12 percent year over year, according to a press release

“We’re strengthening our execution, which gives us confidence that our product improvements will continue to contribute to meaningful increases in daily active usage. We’re also encouraged by the progress we’re making executing against our top revenue generating priorities as we focus on making Twitter the best place to see and share what’s happening, where you can see every side and perspective.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement. 

Another bright spot in the report: the company says the actions its taken against abusive accounts everyday has multiplied by 10, as it seeks to make the social media network safer, according to its letter to shareholders. 

Additionally, accounts with action taken against them for abusive content have led to 25-percent less abuse reports, the company said. 

“Over the coming several quarters, people can expect a continued focus on delivering the best of what’s happening in the world,” the letter to shareholders says. “Specific areas of focus continue to be our commitment to safety, making it easier to get to what matters to people, and helping people capture and share what’s happening more quickly.”

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