Donald Trump announces 2016 GOP presidential run — Twitter launches impromptu celebrity roast
Bombastic real estate developer Donald Trump announced his entry into the 2016 GOP presidential field today in a rally held at his self-named Trump Towers. Trump’s announcement may cause Daily Show host Jon Stewart to postpone his retirement after previously stating he would consider sticking around if “F*ckface von Clownstick,” as he calls Trump, jumped in.
Using Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World — a song critical of the conservative policies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — as his campaign theme, Trump made his announcement to a crowd that his own press office described as being in “the thousands.”
As might be expected, Twitter was aflutter with commentary from liberals and conservatives alike about the notoriously self-promoting businessman — mocking his speech, his reliance on talking about his wealth, and, of course, his hair.
Enjoy a sampling below:
DNC statement on Trump: “He adds some much-needed seriousness…we look forward hearing more about his ideas for the nation.“
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 16, 2015
“Trump: I’ll Be ‘The Greatest Jobs President That God Ever Created’.” I didn’t create you douchebag.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 16, 2015
Now that Trump has given the ’16 GOP field its Rip Taylor, we can get back to the business of destroying Chairwoman Mao Tse Hillary.
— SFK (@stephenkruiser) June 16, 2015
Trump isn’t really a more ridiculous person than Newt Gingrich, and Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary calling for a moon base.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 16, 2015
Sad that I can’t write in comic sans when I’m tweeting about Trump.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) June 16, 2015
U.S. Forces under Trump. pic.twitter.com/kldyqTUiKR
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 16, 2015
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 16, 2015
Trump using “stupid” a lot in speech. Know what’s stupid? Using “Rockin’ in the Free World” as your anthem and not knowing what it’s about.
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 16, 2015
The real challenge for Trump is going to be whether he can break out of this very nuanced wonk talk and throw some punches, make headlines.
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) June 16, 2015
Trump: “When did we beat Japan at anything?” Well, there was the one time …
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) June 16, 2015
“I will never be in a bicycle race.” — DJ Trump. Yes, he really said that.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) June 16, 2015
Trump once sued a guy for libel for saying he’s less rich than he claims, and lost bc it’s true. Who says you can’t sum a guy up in a tweet.
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) June 16, 2015
I Cannot Stop Laughing At This Vine Of Donald Trump Coming Down An Escalator http://t.co/NxGRA6l03H
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) June 16, 2015
Seriously, other countries are laughing their butts off. “You mean the guy with the bad combover?” #DonaldTrump 😂😂
— Indie Visual (@ImSoJheanelle) June 16, 2015
And a warning:
You know, all these tweets are going to look pretty dumb when President Trump is sworn in.
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) June 16, 2015