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 (@Jim Acosta) 1434469296.0
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 (@SFK) 1434471090.0
Sad that I can’t write in comic sans when I’m tweeting about Trump.— Amanda Terkel (@Amanda Terkel) 1434470106.0
.@realDonaldTrump: "I don't need anybody's money ... I'm using my own money" http://t.co/28SwTNbcjp http://t.co/GvaCB9xUDG— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics) 1434469745.0
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 (@Jon Ralston) 1434468437.0
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 (@Eli Lake) 1434469177.0
Trump: "When did we beat Japan at anything?" Well, there was the one time ...— Alex Burns (@Alex Burns) 1434467326.0
"I will never be in a bicycle race." -- DJ Trump. Yes, he really said that.— Chris Cillizza (@Chris Cillizza) 1434469680.0
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 (@Mark Agee) 1434471579.0
I Cannot Stop Laughing At This Vine Of Donald Trump Coming Down An Escalator http://t.co/NxGRA6l03H— Mother Jones (@Mother Jones) 1434470795.0
Seriously, other countries are laughing their butts off. "You mean the guy with the bad combover?" #DonaldTrump 😂😂— JHNLL 🇯🇲 (@JHNLL 🇯🇲) 1434471707.0
And a warning: