Trump trumped by Twitter trolls

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
Within minutes of announcing that he would seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump was mocked by the Internet. The real estate mogul and reality TV star might not care, though, knowing that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

One of the first reactions referred to Trump's past questioning of President Obama's birth certificate.

Other reports about the announcement focused on Trump's trademark hair.

Huffington Post's UK edition even called him "The Comb-Over In Chief".

The US edition picked up on Trump's comment about being a "cheerleader for America" instead.

Another popular target was Trump's comment about his immense wealth.

CNN Politics chose to focus on Trump's admission he was "really rich" and intended to use his own money to fund his presidential bid.

As did this Washington Post reporter.

Another Twitter user pointed out that Trump was, in fact, bragging about his wealth.

Some have called for him to invest that wealth into helping ordinary Americans, instead of throwing it away on a futile presidential bid.

Trump's announcement prompted this commenter to make comparisons to the cult 1976 movie "The Network"...

...and a more recent episode of "Game of Thrones".

Rather than wrapping up the speech after announcing he was running, Trump kept talking.

The impromptu speech kept going for a while, jumping from point to point, but with a basic undercurrent.

Mainstream politicians may be laughing at Trump, but it wasn't always so.

Nonetheless, the social media consensus seems to be the real estate magnate and reality TV star isn't serious about his presidential ambitions.