Hillary tweets viral Super Bowl joke, right blitzes back
February 3rd, 2014
06:56 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary tweets viral Super Bowl joke, right blitzes back

(CNN) - The Seahawks may have crushed the Broncos on the field, but Hillary Clinton was arguably a dominant force on Twitter during the Super Bowl, with one of the most viral tweets of the evening.


The tweet resulted in more than 56,000 retweets and sparked a fire under many conservatives passionate about discrediting Clinton.  Many of the conservatives responding to Clinton’s message drew comparisons to the controversial attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead in 2012, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The former secretary of state’s spokesperson claims the tweet was “100% humor,” but many on the right didn’t take it as a joke, quickly firing back at Clinton over Benghazi.

Others only had praise for the tweet:

According to Twitter, nearly 25 million tweets were sent during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, overtaking last year’s twitter chatter by 800,000 tweets.

Many brand marketers consider the Super Bowl a golden marketing opportunity, vying for the most viral tweet. Among the top contenders this year was JCPenney, whose typo-riddled tweets (which ended up being part of a campaign for mittens) brought in over 43,000 re-tweets, and Buffalo Wild Wings, whose “game-altering” message was retweeted more than 30,000 times.

But neither effort came close to the virility of Clinton’s twitter account, which according to topsy.com was mentioned over 62,000 times Tuesday.

There were only two accounts to trump Clinton when it came to Super Bowl tweets, belonging to two of the top powerhouses of Twitter: Justin Bieber and Niall Horan of One Direction.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Fox News • Hillary Clinton • Twitter
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP is doomed.

    February 3, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. alex

    Do you see how quickly the gop uses "four American lives" as their punchline? And to be so cold and callous even when there is absolutely no evidence to suggest Hilary had an influence on the cause or outcome of that tragedy. Just goes to show you how low republicans will go.

    February 3, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Thomas

    She is going to be the First , First Lady , no doubt about it .

    She has a rather dry sense of humor , no more diet coke for her !

    February 3, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. O'drama Ya Mama

    The same people who bring up Benghazi still re-elected the same guy who was in office when the real 9/11 happened. Just let that sink in.

    February 3, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. IA

    It was a funny tweet.

    February 4, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. Winston5

    If the RNC is gonna used that failed Benghazi tactic (Google: "Mitt fricking Romney" or "the 2012 Election" or "Obama SWEEPS swing states in landslide reelection") against Hillary I, and I'm sure she, would happily say, "BRING IT!"

    February 4, 2014 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  7. name. willard

    Keep out of hillary clinton

    February 4, 2014 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The radical extremist Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts are terrified of Hillary (or any smart woman).

    February 4, 2014 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  9. bassman

    She sounds a little thin-skinned. Was it coincidence that both Mrs. Clinton and Pres. Obama criticized the only network asking the tough on the same day? Trying to silence the media. Something we would expect from Putin.

    February 4, 2014 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  10. @RI_Roger

    Why would she publically acknowledge BO was getting blitzed and sacked by FOX News?! Doesn't she need him to raise some money for her? Didn't he "bail out" her previous presidential campaign debt?

    February 4, 2014 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  11. bassman

    Mrs. Clinton's response to four brave Americans that gave their life is freighting. Her first instincts were to say "at this point what difference does it make" Now this tweet. Uncaring and insensitive are a couple of words that come to mind. Not one member of our media (not one) thought her response was inappropriate. This is the same media that thought the Navy should not have put up a sign that read "mission complete" behind Pres. Bush. Our media even blamed him. Ignoring the fact that it was the Navy that put up the sign. CNN once wrote the signed "dogged" Pres. Bush.

    February 4, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  12. Jay

    Wow I guess it shows how much you're terrified of Hillary running for President when you pounce on even the smallest opportunities to twist anything towards some kind of political smear.

    February 4, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |