Assuage any Trump-induced frustration/rage/despair you may have by reading some of the most entertaining reactions to Donald Trump and his, er, unique brand of politics.
As the US election looms ever closer, the terrifying prospect of President Donald Trump looms ever larger. What started as the world’s worst practical joke has now descended into a very real possibility. This man, who in a single week seemed to encourage assassination attempts against Hilary Clinton while also suggesting she ‘co-founded ISIS’ along with Barack Obama, could quite possibly become the next President of America.
While we let that sink in for a minute, we’ll simultaneously try to make you feel better. The media, which Trump refers to as “totally biased” on a regular basis, has made The Donald its singular obsession. Just look: this is another article about him! And while he continues to dominate headlines, this only means that the world’s reactions to his hateful verbal diarrhoea get better and better.
Take my own esteemed colleague, Will Butler. Only last week, he amusingly (and accurately) referred to Donald Trump as “a melting hippo with a death wish.” That’s probably one of the most articulate descriptions you’re going to find.
Nightmarish physical appearance aside, however, it’s probably the misogyny, racism, stupidity and aggression that’s more of an issue. In fact, sometimes it all feels a little bit helpless.
Before we all tumble head-first into a pit of despair, though, let’s celebrate some of the best retorts, reactions and general responses there have been to Trump’s bulls**t. And remember: it hasn’t happened yet. And if it does happen, we cal always join the one-way trip to Mars.
The Senator for Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is a leading figure in the Democratic Party, and was even plagued by rumours that she herself would run for President. She repeatedly stated she had no intention of doing so, and instead has been responsible for some excellent tweets addressed directly to Donald Trump. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Everyone’s favourite family weighed in on the election when this short clip was released on YouTube , which is a parody of an ad run by Hilary Clinton when she first campaigned to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate back in 2008.
The animated ‘ad’ (paid for by “Americans who are starting to miss Obama”) imagines what life would be like with both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump as President. We’ll let you watch what happens, suffice to say it’s an epic takedown of Trump, whose Simpson avatar is by far more attractive than the real thing.
Dedicating an entire 20 minutes to an epic Trump take-down, John Oliver managed to highlight just why the billionaire is so awful, in his usually articulate, hilarious and downright genius way.
“I get that the character of Donald Trump is entertaining, that he says things that people want to hear, and I know his very name is powerful,” he said. “The very name Trump is the cornerstone of his brand. If only there was a way to uncouple that magical word from the man he is.”
Oliver also revealed that one of Trump’s ancestors had changed the family name from “Drumpf.”
“Stop and take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you just met a guy named Donald Drumpf, a litigious serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader he can’t decide whether or not to condemn,” Oliver said.
He also created the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain and asked viewers to download a “Drumpfinator” Chrome extension that would replace the word Trump with Drumpf anywhere online.
Cher is pretty brilliant on Twitter anyway, not to mention pretty incoherent. But that’s beside the point: she’s Cher. She can do whatever she likes. Anyway, she’s particularly impressive when she dedicates her 140 characters to the only form of trolling we would ever perceive to be a good thing: Trump trolling.
(And before we receive any complaints for the above sentence, let’s remember that Donald Trump is trolling all of us.)
In fact, Cher’s endless commentary on Trump’s campaign for the Presidency has led to a social media campaign to emerge, called #imwithcher. Fans have been tweeting their support for the star, reinforcing her opinion about the man with a merkin on his head.
Please note: Cher’s use of the toilet emoji to refer to Trump. What a woman.
J. K. Rowling
She wrote the world’s favourite books (subjective, sure) and now she’s writing our favourite tweets. Just look how Rowling responded when Donald (insert toilet emoji here) Trump was compared to Voldemort: