Not that anyone is (or should be) surprised, but #AskTrump didn’t exactly go well for The Donald. As a man who has made a name for himself by being rude, offensive, and sometimes downright cruel, the vitriol that Twitter turned back on him on Monday during his “ask me anything” session was highly effective as a collective venting session, if not as a strategic political move. While reports that the #AskTrump hashtag “backfired” may not be entirely accurate (after all, isn’t this publicity exactly what Trump thrives on?) it was amusing to see all the same, though I for one wish we could’ve seen a few pictures of Trump’s face as he read a few of the juicier tweets.
Keeping with Trump’s penchant for insulting others’ appearances, a large number of jabs focused on his infamous combover, which has disrupted more skylines than has his real estate. His looks in general were also fair game because all’s fair in love, war, and Twitter.
— Liam Edwards (@LiamPLEdwards) September 21, 2015
— Four Pins (@Four_Pins) September 21, 2015
— First We Feast (@firstwefeast) September 21, 2015
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) September 21, 2015
Then, there were the questions about his blatant and unapologetic racism.
Would you describe your racism as opportunistic or deep-seated? #AskTrump
— Nick (@angry_eyebrowz) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump do you hate Mexicans because most of us have that natural tan glow and you can't achieve that without looking like an orange?
— Flori (@florislay) September 21, 2015
Is it true that if you say Donald Trump 3 times in the bathroom mirror, the hair in the drain will rise up to shout racial slurs? #AskTrump
— P a t r i c k (@ruinedbyreality) September 21, 2015
I'm having difficulty deciding who I should hate. Do I choose based on skin color, religion, gender, income, or a combo? #AskTrump
— Eric Vale (@ericvale) September 21, 2015
— Bee♚ (@britttbrattt7) September 21, 2015
And seeing as Donald Trump has no problem insulting others’ personal lives, there were no holds barred when it came to his family either.
— Thad Castle (@GabyR__) September 21, 2015
— natalie (@madeofsilk) September 21, 2015
where's your wife gonna go when you send off all the immigrants #AskTrump
— lauren (@cryingbctoby) September 21, 2015
There were comparisons to Hitler:
When did you get the idea to steal Hitler's racist appeal? #AskTrump
— NostraAdeptus (@adept2u) September 21, 2015
Questions about the makeup of his brain:
#AskTrump if you dig under your hair, down thru the scalp, underneath the skull, is there just a bunch of orange chicken from Panda Express
— Jim Gabriel (@flipyourface) September 21, 2015
And of course, the age old inquiry:
— JL (@lynchay23) September 21, 2015
Needless to say, very, very few people took #AskTrump very seriously, because can we please not reward him for turning the presidential race into more of a reality show than it already is?
— twoD'sInaPod (@hipyoungcool) September 21, 2015
In any case, Donald Trump definitely won the Internet yesterday, but more at his expense than to his credit. Still, it made for some supremely interesting Twitter feeds, and considering Trump’s historical success in the entertainment industry, it seems like he’s really found his niche. Being the butt of jokes.
— Ponta (@typicalfeminist) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump Do you have any health problems we can pin our hopes on?
— Joe Nelson (@joe___nelson) September 21, 2015
#asktrump Is it or is it not true that you went bankrupt four times while building The Death Star?
— Rob Eric (@roberic1) September 21, 2015