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Hugo Chavez broadcast his return to Venezuela on Twitter. But he's not the only one politicking via social media.
Hugo Chavez at turns surprised, delighted, and shocked the world with his Twitter announcement that he has returned to Venezuela, following months of silence while the ailing leader underwent medical treatment and recovery in Cuba.
However, Chavez isn't the only person to shake up the political sphere with social media. Here, we round up the top five shocking Twitter moments that give the Venezuelan leader a run for his keyboard.
1. Donald Trump's Twitter meltdown post-Obama win
The Donald was clearly not happy about President Barack Obama's win in the 2012 election, and he wanted everyone to know it.
The billionaire businessman and TV personality went on a rant back in November that bore remarkable similarities to a childlike temper tantrum, tweeting things like "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty!"
The tweets have since (sadly) been deleted, but Business Insider has a thorough catalog of the Trump breakdown.
And not to worry — Trump's Twitter feed continues to be a treasure trove of Obama-bashing and shocking political statements, if you ever need a fix.
2. Geraldo Rivera's Trayvon Martin hoodie tweet
Rivera ignited further controversy in an already highly controversial situation, all with one tweet about a hooded sweatshirt.
The Fox News personality landed in hot water when he tweeted:
His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 23, 2012
Suggesting that the slain teen's choice of clothing was responsible for his murder was bad enough, but Rivera stood by his initial comment, defending it on talk shows and with a further series of tweets.
He even embarrassed his own son, Gabriel, who was "ashamed" of his dad's comments.
3. Japanese journalist tweets from Afghan captivity
Kosuke Tsuneoka was kidnapped by Afghan insurgent group Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin in 2010, and the world hadn't had any sign of life from him.
That is, until his captors needed tech help. After being asked to set up the internet for them on a new cell phone, he slyly tweeted "i am still alive, but in jail," the Atlantic reported.
He also issued a cryptic tweet about his location, Afghanistan's Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz, and was released the next day.
4. Kim Kardashian's misplaced Middle East prayers
Kim Kardashian learned the hard way that she should stick to what she knows.
After a well-intentioned tweet during the Israeli-Gaza violence in November 2012, "Praying for everyone in Israel," the reality TV star came under some heavy social media fire of her own.
Attempting to calm the storm, she dug herself deeper by tweeting "Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!"
When that clearly didn't work, Kardashian took down the tweets and issued an apology about the whole ordeal – not via social media, thankfully.
"I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them," she said. "The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didn't choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires."
It's a good thing she stepped away from the keyboard.
5. Chavez attempted assassin expulsion tweet
Chavez has had his share of drama, both on Twitter and in real life.
After Frenchman Frederic Laurent Bouquet tried to assassinate Chavez in 2009, he spent four years behind bars before being deported.
How do we know this, you ask? Well, because Venezuelan Penitentiary Services Minister Iris Varela tweeted it, of course.
"French intelligence agent who served time for trying to kill the president has been expelled after confession of [his] role," Varela said on his Twitter account on December 29, 2012, Press TV reported.
There was no Instagram photo to go with it, however.