Former President Donald Trump teased a “huge announcement” this week, but when it turned out to be a limited run of digital trading cards featuring Trump’s face on the bodies of superheroes, hilarity ensued on Twitter.
The former president teased the news in a video, showing himself with lasers coming from his eyes, claiming that America “needs a superhero.”
He then made the official announcement via his platform Truth Social, declaring the release of a limited series of Trump digital trading cards that were “very much like a baseball card but hopefully much more exciting.”
“Only $99 each,” Trump continued, adding, “Would make a great Christmas gift! Don’t Wait. They will be gone, I believe, very quickly.”
Trump made his big announcement on Truth…
A “Trump Digital Trading Card” collection: pic.twitter.com/dD6Fer1vga
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) December 15, 2022
While no one really knew what to expect from the former president — who announced his third presidential bid just days after the midterm election — the explosion of thoughts expressed on Twitter made it clear that a collection of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) was not what anyone had predicted.
Nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch came right out and said just that, tweeting, “Didn’t have trading cards on the bingo sheet.”
Siraj Hashmi mocked the price tag, adding, “Food $200; Data $150; Rent $800; Trump NFTs $69,420; Utility $150; someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my family is dying.”
Trump NFTs $69,420
someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. my family is dying
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) December 15, 2022
He later commented, “The best gift you can give your loved one this holiday season is an NFT of a meme of a Trump NFT.”
Red State’s Brandon Morse suggested that Trump should have taken the project a bit further, creating a trading card game instead of just the digital cards.
“Can’t help but think Trump missed out on the opportunity to make Pokemon/Magic the Gathering-style cards but with modern political entities and events instead of monsters and land. Hold tournaments at rallies. Make high-value collectibles, etc,” he said.
Can’t help but think Trump missed out on the opportunity to make Pokemon/Magic the Gathering-style cards but with modern political entities and events instead of monsters and land. Hold tournaments at rallies. Make high-value collectibles, etc.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 15, 2022
“We have a nation going down the toilet, and Donald Trump is selling Pokémon cards. No thanks. And those of you with your secret decoder ring trying to figure out why need to STFU,” The Blaze’s Chad Prather responded.
FiveThirtyEight Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver raised a different question altogether, asking whether Trump was really running for president in 2024 and arguing that he wasn’t actually doing any of the things that a serious candidate would be doing in the wake of such an announcement.
“Is Trump actually running for president? I mean I know he’s officially ‘running for president’ but he’s not actually doing almost any of the things that you’d expect a candidate to do when they’re running for president,” he said.
He also has plausible reasons to *officially* have declared even if he hasn’t yet decided whether to run an effortful campaign: 1) may deter prosecution; 2) gets him more media coverage; 3) keeping his foot in the door may deter GOP from coalescing on an alternative.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 15, 2022
Silver went on t0 suggest that Trump could have simply declared his run for the White House in an effort to keep the GOP from coming together around anyone else and to keep his name in the media. Not only that, but he said it could ostensibly be used as a shield against any possible prosecution.