Celebrity businessman Donald Trump disappointed a great many when his "very, very big" announcement ended up being an ultimatum for President Barack Obama. As TheBlaze reported, Trump said that he would give $5 million to the charity of the president's choice if Obama releases to the public his college transcripts and passport records. The reaction to the businessman's widely-reported video offer has been swift.
We've decided to compile some of the best and worst responses to the announcement. Considering that "best" and "worst" is, of course, subjective and dependent upon where one stands on Trump and Obama, we'll let you discern which comments fall into either category.
Social media is, of course, ablaze with perspective, jokes, quips and -- agitation. On Twitter, cartoonist JD Crowe and MSNBC's Ed Schultz were quick to poke fun at Trump:
Owen Johns and College Humor, too, got in on the mix, with the latter posting an image of Trump depicted as Dr. Evil from the "Austin Powers" film series. Here are the tweets:
And here's the image College Humor posted:
POLITICO noted that even some conservatives -- individuals who purportedly agree with many of Trump's political and economic views -- joked about the monetary offering. The outlet recaps some of the responses:
“If at any point you seriously considered Donald Trump for president, please study the error of your ways in quiet, private contemplation,” wrote Jim Geraghty of National Review. [...]
“I will release my college transcripts and passport applications to Donald Trump in exchange for a $5 million contribution to Commentary,” tweeted John Podhoretz, the editor of that conservative magazine and a conservative columnist.
The Onion, too, took a comical -- but arguably harsh -- tone in addressing the announcement (caution: language):
In a blockbuster announcement today, Donald Trump announced that he is a very sad man who has nothing to live for other than drawing attention to himself. "I'm a sad, pathetic human being and a complete waste of life," said Trump, adding that he lives an empty existence, and that he is nothing more than a corporate shill, as well as a failed husband, father, and human being. "I am the piece of shit you stepped in on your way to work. I am the vomit that hurls out of your mouth when you are sick. I want to kill myself very badly. Thank you." Trump then slit his throat from ear to ear.
It doesn't end there. From social media messages laughing-off Trump's announcement to those that seem frustrated in tone, pundits and the general public alike are holding little back. Here are a few others:
While many of the responses were light-hearted in nature, some took a serious tone. Take, for instance, Democratic strategist Zerlina Maxwell who unleashed a series of messages accusing Trump of being racist:
As for those showering Trump with negativity following his announcement, well -- he's not showing any signs of being dissuaded or discouraged. In a subsequent tweet that was sent around 1 p.m. ET, he said "the response has been fantastic."
We'll leave you with reaction to Trump's offer from our very own Blaze editors:
Stay tuned. This article will be updated.