What is the Rose Emoji on Twitter?

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Written by: Alex Popa


What is the Rose Emoji on Twitter?

Have you seen the Rose emoji on some people’s profiles on Twitter, and you don’t know what it means? You’ve come to the right place!

This article will explain what the Rose emoji is, why people use it, and its origins. There are also some “counter” emojis against the Rose emoji.

In short, the Rose emoji shows one’s allegiance to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) political movement.

As for the long story, could you keep reading to learn more about it?

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What is the Rose Emoji on Twitter?

How Did the Rose Emoji Appear?

Meaning of the rose emoji
Meaning of the rose emoji

Back in the 2016 US elections, when Bernie Sanders participated in the polls, some of his supporters used the Rose emoji to show their support for Bernie and the Democratic Socialists of America movement.

The meaning of the rose goes back to the 19th century when the socialists and trade unionists used this symbol to show their solidarity with the movement.

This is how the rose became a symbol for social democrats. And that’s how the present Bernie Sanders supporters decided to attach a rose emoji to their profiles.

According to them, it was a subtler and easier way to gather around and show their support for Bernie Sanders.

These are the origins of the rose emoji on Twitter. But did you know there was a Liberal Twitter Emoji War in 2016, during the presidential elections?

The Rose emoji played a part in it, but it wasn’t the single weaponized emoji used by left-wing Twitter users.

The other emojis were:

  • Supporters of Hillary Clinton use the Wilted Rose to mock supporters of Bernie Sanders
  • Political proponents use the Corncob emoji to show that someone doesn’t admit to losing a social exchange
  • Neoliberals and centrists adopted the Donut emoji as a sign of support for how Nina Turner, president of “Our Revolution,” was treated on July 25th, 2017

These emojis are allegiance to a certain social and political ideology or were meant to mock one another.

Below, you’ll find a more thorough analysis of all these emojis!

The Wilted Rose – A Mockery of Bernie Sanders

Do you remember what I said about the Rose emoji? It was used as a show of support for Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Socialists of America movement.

The Wilted Rose emoji is the direct antithesis of this. Hillary Clinton supporters adopted this emoji because they believed Bernie Sander’s campaign had played a pivotal role in Clinton’s loss in the elections.

Explanation of the Wilted Rose emoji
Explanation of the Wilted Rose emoji

However, this dispute had only just begun. Those from the left-wing weren’t going to take this lying down, so they replied en masse, mocking the Wilted Rose emoji of Clinton supporters.

They said that the Wilted Rose was a self-own showing the lacking conviction of the neoliberals.

Rebuttal to the Wilted Rose emoji
Rebuttal to the Wilted Rose emoji

If you read the tweet above, you’ll notice that the person is also talking about the “donut emoji twitter.” That’s yet another emoji – the donut emoji, which we’ll discuss soon.

The Corncob – A Sore Loser’s Position

A year later, after the 2016 elections in America, the corncob emoji became central to many political frictions on Twitter.

The emoji originates from a 2011 tweet

Origins of the corncob emoji
Origins of the corncob emoji

Effectively, the corncob emoji means someone has lost a social exchange, yet they insist they have not. It’s the position of a sore loser.

In 2017, someone described centrist pundit Candice Aiston as a corncob and put two corncobs on her eyebrows in a picture of her.

This referenced a discussion that Candice Aiston probably had and then behaved as though she hadn’t lost the social exchange.

After some back and forth between Candice Aiston and the Twitter user, the Twitter user posted a screenshot of Candice Aiston’s reply with a “CORNCOBBED ONLINE” caption on it.

The Corncob tactic being used against Candice Aiston
The Corncob tactic being used against Candice Aiston

Of course, there were more frictions between Candice Aiston and other users on Twitter, but those are irrelevant.

The Donut – Support for Nina Turner

Finally, the Donut Emoji takes an important part of the Rose emoji movement and Bernie Sander’s campaign for the presidency in 2016.

Nina Turner was the president of “Our Revolution,” a social movement dedicated to continuing the efforts begun by Bernie Sanders.

On July 25th, 2017, she and other supporters barred entry from the Democratic National Committee’s Washington D.C. headquarters.

The group was also handed donuts and water, possibly out of good intentions for the supporters who have traveled a long way to get there.

However, Nina Turner took this gesture in a very insulting manner. She was particularly offended that the other party had tried to seduce them with donuts and water.

As such, more and more members of the “Our Revolution” movement put a Donut emoji on their profiles to show support for Nina Turner and what she was trying to do.

However, this trend was heavily criticized by other left-wing people because the Donut emoji was associated with the silencing of Kamala Harris, a black woman.

The Donut emoji was also seen as racist by these groups of people, which isn’t surprising considering the context of the talks during that time.


To summarize, the Rose emoji was used by some left-wing Twitter users to make it clear that they supported the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) political movement.

This social movement took place during the 2016 presidential election as a support for candidate Bernie Sanders.

As for the Donut, Corncob, and Wilted Rose emojis, they’re all related to the same event and the rumors that Kamala Harris would be a candidate for the 2020 presidential elections.

All in all, it was a political debacle with no clear winners. Both parties engaged in in-fighting within the same political side of the barricade, which led to nothing but chaos, and insults were thrown whichever way seemed right.

We’ll have to wait and see whether more such emojis will appear in the future.

If you have any questions, comment down below, and I’ll be sure to reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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