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Twitter Reacts to Trump Announcing His 2024 Presidential Bid

Dumpster fire meets box of fireworks.

Donald Trump speaks at a political event, raising his hand out in front of him.

Donald Trump is running for President … again. And while Twitter may be a dumpster fire, it still has some grimly funny takes. Here are our favorites of the night.

The bored hot takes:

Some users pointed out that Fox News and Trump himself seemed distracted or even downright bored. This is likely due to the use of a teleprompter and/or Trump not having much energy.

Call to arms

Others used the opportunity to remind people that 1) Trump already failed at the Presidency once before and 2) he’s been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice and there’s no word as to whether he’s complied with the order yet, which was supposed to be fulfilled today.

Watching it burn

Other commentators seemed to be enjoying the chaos, or at least enjoyed being able to poke fun at the ridiculousness of Trump’s (lack of) character.

The speech

Of course, Trump’s presidential run was not the only thing he talked about. He also spouted falsehoods on about how he took “decisive” action during the pandemic and made the border more secure than ever. He claimed that his actions against China may have contributed to him losing in 2020, almost parodying the Democrats’ concerns that Russia interfered in the 2016 election while maintaining his false claims that the election was “stolen.”

He also brought up conservative talking points about critical race theory and transgender people’s participation in sports, even going so far as to imply that schools should have their funding cut if they support these programs.

While the speech may not have been his usual mess of barely coherent ramblings, it still has very real danger wrapped inside of it. Transphobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, misinformation—it’s practically the five horsemen of the Trump-ocalypse. Trump has suffered practically no consequences from the January 6th insurrection that he created, and that seems to have emboldened him.

Even if he loses, this announcement makes it clear that he’s not going anywhere without a fight. So, we’ll have to give him one.

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Kimberly Terasaki is a contributing writer for The Mary Sue. She has been writing articles for them since 2018, going on 5 years of working with this amazing team. Her interests include Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Horror, intersectional feminism, and fanfiction; some are interests she has held for decades, while others are more recent hobbies. She liked Ahsoka Tano before it was cool, will fight you about Rey being a “Mary Sue,” and is a Kamala Khan stan.