The real estate mogul and Apprentice host entered the 2016 presidential race with an announcement from Trump Tower in New York.
“Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal; we need a leader that can bring back our jobs, manufacturers, military, to take care of our vets,” he told the audience. “We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again. Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States. We are going to make our country great again!”
It didn’t take long for many in the entertainment industry to start mocking Trump, known for his over-the-top statements, on Twitter. Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and CNN’s Jonathan Wald even merged the Trump news with the Rachel Dolezal scandal, writing “I don’t identify as Donald Trump” and “Trump identifies as presidential.”
Speaking of The Daily Show, some also seized on Jon Stewart‘s excitement about a potential Trump presidential run, suggesting that perhaps the news could convince the outgoing Daily Show host to reconsider his plans to step down in August.
Former Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese, now running Larry Wilmore‘s The Nightly Show, tweeted Tuesday afternoon, “Big thanks to the comedy Gods for giving us this gift.”
And former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson tweeted that the Trump news “is the first and only thing that has made me miss late night. I’ll get over it but…damn.”
Read on to see what Hollywood is saying about Tuesday’s Trump news on social media.
Trump identifies as presidential.
— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) June 16, 2015
Right now in New York : Wholesale Madness at @nbcsnl . Frantic Trump impression tweaking, papers flying, writers screaming…
— paget brewster (@pagetpaget) June 16, 2015
John Stewart has GOT to be seriously considering un-retiring right now. #trump
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) June 16, 2015
I don’t identify as Donald Trump
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 16, 2015
Donald trump announces this morning that he will run for president. His hair will announce on Friday
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 16, 2015
PLEASE let Don King be Trump’s running mate pic.twitter.com/SSWOpcm5FR
— Jay Duplass (@jayduplass) June 16, 2015
Me: I quit Ellen: Why? Me: Making fun of Trump just became a full-time job
— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 16, 2015
Where is the petition to force John Stewart to stay on as host of the @TheDailyShow now that Trump is running?
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 16, 2015
Next up, a major political announcement expected from… pic.twitter.com/0tQEmPuD9J
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 16, 2015
In 2011 I told some jokes about Trump https://t.co/cn2jwTisIP Obviously, he’s a lot more serious now!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 16, 2015
This merkin also has cash to burn and might as well run for president. pic.twitter.com/EHTKpRK1C3
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 16, 2015
Letterman might come out of retirement just for the Trump jokes. Heck, Carson might come back from the dead.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) June 16, 2015
I can’t imagine a more positive force in the White House than Melania Trump.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 16, 2015
“And Donald Trump is running for president, ya hear about this?” Jay Leno mumbles to himself during an afternoon nap.
— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) June 16, 2015
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) June 16, 2015
Hearing Trump is running for president is the first and only thing that has made me miss late night. I’ll get over it but…damn.
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) June 16, 2015
I don’t want him to be President, but I would pay like $1,000 to watch Donald Trump talk to Angela Merkel about economics for ten minutes.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 16, 2015
— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) June 16, 2015
I’d vote for Voldemort over Donald Trump.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 16, 2015
Trump’s first campaign slogan is “Combover Here And Let Me Talk At You”.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) June 16, 2015