Donald Trump Becomes Official GOP Nominee & The Internet Is Reacting In A Big Way
Well, it actually happened. Though at first many saw his campaign as a joke, Donald Trump is now officially the Republican presidential nominee. And, oh boy, the internet has a lot of feelings about it.
Despite all the talk of #NeverTrump, and delegates walking out or booing during the convention, the former reality star and beauty pageant aficionado easily gathered the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination, with the delegation from Trump's home state of New York putting him over the top.
It was a rise that stunned almost everyone, except for possibly Trump himself. (You can say a lot about him, but not that he doesn't believe in himself.) In the beginning stages of his campaign, many on social media and elsewhere viewed the man with the hair as a source of amusement, shaking up the race but not likely to win it. But now, improbably (and to many, terrifyingly), he will be on a national debate stage come autumn. After that, who knows? He could get access to the nuclear codes. The ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal recently told the New Yorker that, if that happens, he believes "there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."
As expected, Twitter blew up in the wake of the news.
Party's over, folks.— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) July 19, 2016
Like, literally, I think the Republican Party might be done. pic.twitter.com/IGG0d1Lhmb
Trump is officially the nominee— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) July 19, 2016
Trying best to believe those that voted aren't as full of hate as they seem and only voted out of ignorance
Oh weird, I thought the whole Donald Trump thing was a bit.— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) July 19, 2016
GOP officially nominates donald trump for president of the united states pic.twitter.com/hzrYFq2IfP— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) July 19, 2016
Donald Trump will be the first presidential candidate to deliver his acceptance speech entirely in the form of racist internet memes.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) July 19, 2016
Donald Trump is now officially the GOP presidential nominee. In other news, Sauron has returned to Minas Morgul. But who's worried, right?— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 19, 2016
Congrats to Trump on the nomination pic.twitter.com/TdtjszOElc— Marc Snetiker (@MarcSnetiker) July 19, 2016
I think this was a bad choice https://t.co/2RVHlAPDdW— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 19, 2016
Did they just say they're nominating Donald Trump for president? Of the United States? There must be some mistake.— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 19, 2016
Of course, some people were happy about the candidate's surprising rise:
To any person who said Trump would never get the nomination, I officially am rolling out the red mat & welcoming you to join us. #Trump2016— #NeverHillary (@ScottPresler) July 19, 2016
But many on the opposing side took it as a cue to roll up their sleeves and make sure that Hillary Clinton runs as strong a campaign as possible, including Clinton's official Twitter account:
Donald Trump just became the Republican nominee. Chip in now to make sure he never steps foot in the Oval Office. https://t.co/GjshXP4BAG— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2016
Okay Democrats, it's officialTrump is the nominee. Time to get to work bc we are the only thing standing between him and the White House— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 19, 2016
Trump has yet to officially accept the nomination, but surely once he does, there will be plenty more about which those on social media can react. Those paying attention to the election, and even those who have somehow managed to avoid coverage until now, are likely in for a long road to the general.