The most and least offensive Trump tweets to conservatives and liberals

by John Hill on 8/12/2017

A crowd protests Donald Trump's election.
A crowd protests Donald Trump’s election.

Love him or hate him – it’s no secret that President Trump’s twitter is a topic of controversy. One of the main objections is that his preferred method of communication is “un-presidential”. We wanted to know how much Americans agree with this sentiment. Is it just a bunch of noise from critics? Or do his supporters share these concerns as well?

UBS conducted a poll to determine which of President Trump’s tweets people found offensive. We surveyed 660 Americans from around the country and asked them to rank two weeks’ worth of tweets on a scale of 0 – 10 using the following parameters:

0 – Not At All Offensive     1 – Slightly Offensive       5 – Moderately Offensive     10 – Highly Offensive


Some categories were no brainers. For example, statements of fact were deemed inoffensive across ideological groups. Here are the two tweets least offensive to both conservatives and liberals:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Will be speaking with Italy this morning!

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Getting ready to leave for Poland, after which I will travel to Germany for the G-20. Will be back on Saturday.

However, there were some unusual outliers. For instance, conservatives found this tweet:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Will be speaking with Germany and France this morning.

Slightly more offensive than this one:

Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump Will be speaking with Italy this morning!

Only by 1.8% – but enough to keep it out of the top two least offensive tweets category.

Unsurprisingly, conservatives found the President’s tweets less offensive overall. However, there were still some tweets that crossed a line – even for Trump supporters. These tweets were found most offensive across ideological groups, with an average offensiveness rating of 8.9 – 9.8 among liberals/independents and 7.1 among strong conservatives.

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump  …to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!

When we asked conservatives why they found these particular tweets more offensive, their answers were more or less the same. As summed up by Sheila, a 39-year-old strong conservative and avid Trump supporter:

“I feel that these tweets were just too much. Personally attacking private people isn’t right for a President and it gives his opponents more ammunition to go after him. The bloody face comment especially was graphic and mean, regardless of how he feels about her as a person.”

Here are the two tweets found most – and least – offensive specific to ideological group. 

More offensive to liberals (avg. > 5):

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show

More offensive to conservatives (avg. > 5):

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump  Happy Canada Day to all of the great people of Canada and to your Prime Minister and my new found friend @JustinTrudeau. #Canada150

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump It was my great honor to welcome the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago @Cubs to the @WhiteHouse this afternoon. Congratulations!

Less offensive to liberals (avg. < 5):

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Will be speaking with Germany and France this morning.

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump After Poland had a great meeting with Chancellor Merkel and then with PM Shinzō Abe of Japan & President Moon of South Korea.

Less offensive to conservatives (avg. < 5):

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump  My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump  I will represent our country well and fight for its interests! Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!