9 of the most buzzy social media moments in politics of 2018

Political stories that lit up social media in 2018

In 2018, politics and pop culture collided and made for viral moments as celebrities, public figures and everyday citizens weighed in on the news of the day.

Here's the countdown of nine moments when the pop culture of America's Main Street went head-to-head with Washington, D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue in 2018.

In a moment that inspired viral posts and memes galore, West and the president shared a bromantic moment.

Trump said the rapper “could very well be” a future presidential candidate, to which West responded, “Only after 2024.”

“Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we have is today," West said. "Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy m-----f----- like [me].”

8.) Kim Kardashian West advocating for prison reform

In a collision of two reality television worlds, West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, also visited the White House twice this year to discuss prison reform with the president as well as with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

This tete-a-tete resulted in a picture of Kardashian West and the president in the Oval Office that nearly rivaled that other time she broke the internet.

Trump and his son-in-law adviser, Kushner, have taken up the cause this year on a prison reform bill that could receive a Senate vote before 2018 ends.

Kardashian West also successfully lobbied Trump in June to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender who was serving a life sentence. She was released the same month.

In an October evening Instagram post, pop singer and Tennessee native Taylor Swift broke her political silence and endorsed former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen over Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the state's Senate race. Swift historically remained apolitical in her pop music career.

Swift said she would vote for two Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and House in Tennessee, but she urged her followers to vote for candidates of their choice.

"Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway," she wrote.

While it is unclear what type of reach her post had, according to Vote.org, 240,000 people around the country used the website to register to vote in the 48 hours following Swift's call to action to her 112 million Instagram followers.

6.) LeBron James opened a school -- and then Trump started a Twitter feud

President Trump used Twitter to bash both NBA superstar LeBron James and CNN host Don Lemon, after seeing an interview between the two meant to promote James' "I Promise School" which he had recently opened for at-risk students. During the interview, James accused Trump of enabling racists and using sports to divide the country.

Trump didn't like that.

Though James didn’t reply directly to Trump, he sent out a tweet the following day that suggested he was more focused on the school he was opening.

Other celebrities, athletes and public figures came to James’ defense on Twitter.

5.) Books about the White House -- and Trump's rebuttal to Omarosa, Michael Wolff and Bob Woodward

It was a year of books, specifically ones detailing the inner workings of the White House -- some with scandalous details.

Three notable books were "Fear: Trump in the White House," by famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward; "Fire and Fury," by columnist Michael Wolff; and "Unhinged," by former Trump ally Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Twitter erupted during the Grammy awards in January when host James Corden had celebrities -- including Trump’s 2016 competitor, Hillary Clinton -- read from Wolff’s book, "Fire and Fury."

All of the books landed with a splash on social media and when -- coupled with the president's tweets against Omarosa, Wolff and Woodward -- led to some especially buzzy moments.

4.) Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria’s death toll and the backlash that followed

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and the reverberations from the storm that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people were still felt well into 2018.

In August, the governor of the U.S. territory formally raised the number of deaths from 64 to 2,975, a number President Trump rejected. He tweeted, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.”

Backlash ensued, with celebrities leading the way on Twitter.

Politicians also took part, including some from the president’s own party.

3.) The Kavanaugh-Ford Senate hearings captivate the nation

Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, as well as the one that followed by now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, riveted social media. As Ford read her opening statement, Twitter communications manager Nick Pacilio tweeted that all 10 of the top trends were about the hearing.

Among the trending terms that day were #KavanaughHearings, Grassley, Dr. Ford, Feinstein, Brett and Mark, and #KavanaughFord.

Commentary followed by politicians, celebrities and other public figures. Reaction from viewers also trended across social media.

2.) March for Our Lives demonstrations

In the wake of the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, calls for action and gun control have seemingly grown louder in 2018 than in previous years.

Then on March 24, thousands of people hit the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities across the nation to show their support for gun reform at March For Our Lives demonstrations.

The demonstrations were organized by students of Stoneman Douglas, but the cause was carried to the front of American consciousness by celebrities and public figures on social media.

1.) Separated families at the border and that jacket

The Trump administration's policy of family separation at the border engulfed the news cycle for several weeks this summer, a rare lifespan in the age of Trump. Not only did the administration receive domestic condemnation, but it also garnered strong international pushback from one of America’s strongest allies, the United Kingdom.

As backlash and calls for reunification for migrant families mounted, Trump tweeted that children were “being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.”

First lady Melania Trump then visited immigrant children in south Texas who had been separated from their parents, but her jacket gained more attention than the visit itself. The army green jacket that read, “I really don’t care. Do U?” unleashed another flurry of backlash online and in the media.