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Perhaps no American politician is more associated with Twitter than President Donald Trump — but if you take a look at the most engaged tweets of 2017, you won't find him anywhere.

Former President Barack Obama, however, was responsible for three of the most retweeted tweets of 2017 and two of the most liked tweets of 2017, according to USA Today.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,” tweeted former President Obama after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia:

That August tweet topped the list of most liked tweets with more than 4.6 million, and it was the second most-retweeted tweet of the year.

Two of Obama's messages sent from his POTUS account before leaving office in January also featured in the list:

And Obama's message of support for his former political opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), was the third most-liked tweet of the year:

A message from NBA superstar LeBron James referring to Trump as a “bum” also made the list:

Other tweets featured in the list highlight tragic events that occurred in 2017. Ariana Grande's response to a bombing at her Manchester concert came in fourth on the list:

A striking image shared by the band Linkin Park following the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington was retweeted more than 780,000 times:

And two tweets on the list featured efforts to help hurricane relief in Houston:

But the most retweeted tweet of 2017 was significantly more lighthearted than the rest of the list, if not slightly absurd:

Carter Wilkerson's plea for free chicken nuggets helped him blow past Ellen Degeneres to earn the coveted title of most retweeted tweet of all time. And of course, it also won him those 12 months of free nuggets.

Twitter as a platform has gained newfound political prominence through Trump. While his tweets may always make the news, they don't make the list of 2017's most popular tweets.

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