"The herpes of conservative politics": Twitter roasts newly minted presidential candidate Donald Trump

We're as shocked as everybody else that the Donald is actually running, and Twitter was there to help us cope

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 16, 2015 5:22PM (EDT)

Donald Trump                          (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

Donald Trump made good on his threats to run for president, announcing his campaign for the Republican nomination today -- and the Twitterverse was there to greet him.

Conservatives on Twitter were in no rush to welcome Trump as a serious candidate:

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But national spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, Holly Shulman, tweeted out a zinger of a statement welcoming Trump to the race by noting Jeb Bush's announcement a day earlier and congratulating Trump for adding "some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field":

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Still, some on Twitter found themselves impressed by the glitz of Trump's announcement:

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But mostly, Twitter users just laughed at the host of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice:

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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