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: