Donald Trump Makes A Brilliant PR Move Or A Grave Mistake With #AskTrump… Either Way, It’s A Riot

Starting at 9 p.m. last night, Donald Trump hosted a Twitter Q&A where he invited the public to pose to him whatever questions they wanted him to answer. Predictably, lots of Twitter users did not take the #AskTrump Q&A seriously and hilarity ensued… but was it truly a backfire, or were rebellious users playing directly into Trump’s hands?

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As soon as Trump announced via Twitter that he would answer any questions thrown at him by the public, anyone who had been following his campaign could guess the Q&A would not be fulfilling. After all, the Donald is known for providing extremely ambiguous answers to any difficult policy-related question he faces, a quality that Jimmy Kimmel lampooned hilariously in the spoof Donald Trump campaign ad below.

To be fair, a few of the questions asked of Trump were sincere. Not surprisingly, Donald gave his usual overly-generic responses to those questions, but they at least maintained the guise of professionalism.

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Others asked questions that, while not related to Trump’s campaign, were polite and appropriate.

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It is no great surprise, though, that the vast majority of responders did not take the Q&A seriously. The hashtag #AskTrump trended majorly last night among people looking to make a mockery of Donald, and some of the ways they came up with to do so were side-splitting funny. There are literally thousands of #AskTrump joke Tweets to choose from, but here are some of the funniest.

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Unfortunately, Donald did not respond to any of the comedic Tweets.

According to a Tweet from Twitter itself, #AskTrump was the fifth most trending hashtag in the world just two hours after Trump posted his initial invitation.

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Betty White even posted a Tweet with the #AskTrump hashtag saying that the Q&A session had been an obvious failure from the beginning.

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Well, no, the hashtag certainly did not make Trump look better than he did previously, but it did give him a huge amount of free press, a point comedian Patton Oswalt pointed out in an insightful Tweet.

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Oswalt raises the point that no press is bad press, and, for that reason, Trump actually came out on top. Judging by a picture Trump tweeted after the session wrapped up, he certainly seemed happy with the results.

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Is Donald Trump reflecting positively on the #AskTrump debacle because his campaign just finished pulling of a very successful PR ploy? Or was #AskTrump a misstep on his part that Trump was just trying to play off like a good sport? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Image via Justin Sullivan]