After a terribly mad midterm election in which many of the hand-picked, election-denying candidates endorsed by Donald Trump went down, the former president decided to press ahead with his announcement that he is running for president again in 2024, despite multiple investigations pending against him and his business and relatively little enthusiasm for his return within the Republican Party.
In a rambling, sometimes incoherent speech from Mar-a-Lago, filled with many of the standard lies that have become familiar to us, Trump made the announcement in front of supporters.
It was met with a combination of dismissal and hilarious commentary from all corners.
NPR began its story by stating:
“Donald Trump, who tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election and inspired a deadly riot at the Capitol in a desperate attempt to keep himself in power, announced he is running again for president in 2024.”
The Washington Post had a similar headline:
“Trump, who as president fomented an insurrection, says he is running again.”
Since Trump has had a complete falling out with Rupert Murdoch, he wasn’t even listed in a Fox News segment about possible 2024 Republican candidates, as Washington Press previously reported.
Murdoch’s New York Post not only buried the announcement story on page 26 but covered it with nothing but a short, sardonic statement.
NY Post: Florida Man Makes Announcement —> story deep inside on page 26. pic.twitter.com/rccr3OcD1P
— Christine Romans (@ChristineRomans) November 16, 2022
MSNBC decided to not even air the announcement.
I appreciate MSNBC's decision not to air the Donald Trump speech last night. No need to amplify the rhetoric of a man who sought to violently dismantle our 245+ year Democracy, particularly on the day when a NATO ally, Poland, has been struck by Russian missiles. Kudos, @MSNBC.
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) November 16, 2022
Those were the more dismissive gestures. Others were even more savage.
WOW – Trump’s big announcement! pic.twitter.com/ASxMool57g
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) November 16, 2022
Mrs. F explained it to Dirty Donald like a patient teacher.
— Mrs. F (@ms_frazzled) November 16, 2022
You’ll get tired from all the losing!:
Congratulations to Kari Lake. She's just starting out at losing. I see a bright future ahead of her.#TrumpAnnouncement #MAGAGA #TrumpAnnouncement #TrumpIsALaughingStock #Trump2024 Mar-a-Lago Make America Great Again pic.twitter.com/E8JNYnil8e
— 💙🌊 Zero Dark Twenty-Nine 🌊🌊 (@herotimeszero) November 16, 2022
Looking forward to Donald Trump becoming a politically irrelevant Indicted Criminal.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 16, 2022
#BREAKING Confessed Nuclear Spy In Historic Bid To Lose Popular Vote Three Times
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) November 16, 2022
Having to hold the attendees of your announcement speech hostage does not bode well for the enthusiasm level of the GOP for your candidacy.
Trump holding hostages during his speech is certainly a metaphor for his grip on the GOP. It's his party. https://t.co/X9i9bxRL3X
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) November 16, 2022
Keith Olbermann practically had a poli-orgasm about how bad things went, pointing out that even Trump’s closest allies abandoned him.
"If a Trump falls in the forest and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound?
"GOD! What an AWFUL speech! And don't take my word for it – listen to Mick Mulvaney trash it, and Ivanka quit politics during it!"
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 16, 2022
Even God got in on it:
Here is My #TrumpAnnouncement: he's going straight to the depths of hell the second he dies.
— God (Not a Parody, Actually God) (@TheTweetOfGod) November 15, 2022
All in all, the response to Trump’s announcement among all but his most ardent MAGA fanatics was less than overwhelming.
It’s too bad that Trump can’t take a hint.
Perhaps Merrick Garland can have a word with him?
If you despise the orange piece of lard that is Trump, you’ll want to follow me on Twitter. @RossRosenfeld