Ivanka Trump surely knew. About a week ago the daughter of billionaire Donald Trump told CNBC's Closing Bell that she hoped her father would run for for President of the United States.
"I would support him and encourage him wholeheartedly," Ivanka Trump said at the time.
Ivanka Trump felt that her father would be successful as President, and she said she based her opinion on seeing him "as a citizen," not as a daughter.
"I have the unique perspective of being by his side every day and understanding how incredibly capable and just want an amazing visionary he is," Ivanka Trump said. "As a citizen, it would be amazing if he makes that decision."
Well, Ivanka Trump has gotten her wish. Donald Trump came out with all the bombast and hyperbole you would expect from the man who runs Celebrity Apprentice.
I will lose all respect for anyone who actually votes for Donald Trump. What a pig.
— Ameyali (@Ameyali_asdfgjk) June 16, 2015
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” Trump said in his announcement speech.
His qualifications for being President?
“I’m really rich,” Trump said, claiming he had assets of $9.2 billon and a net worth of $8.7 billion.
Trump compared the U.S. to other countries around the world, declaring he could bring back America's glory days.
"America is a laughingstock all over the world," Trump declared. “ISIS, China, Mexico are all beating us. Everybody is beating us.”
“The American Dream is dead,” Trump said. “But if I win, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”
Donald Trump has declared corporate bankruptcy four times. Sure, let him run a country like a business.
— Gary Hilson (@GaryInToronto) June 16, 2015
While Ivanka may see her father as the perfect candidate, Trump's campaign announcement drew more jokes about the GOP "clown car" of candidates.
Some even point out that running for the office of President brings business benefits to almost anyone who takes on the race, even if they lose. Trump himself acknowledged how great extra press can be for a businessman.
“From a pure business point of view, the benefits of being written about have far outweighed the drawbacks,” Trump wrote.
Trump dismisses polling data that says he doesn't have a prayer.
“I have learned much more from conducting my own random surveys than I could have ever learned from the greatest consulting firms.”
So, why is Ivanka's dad running for President?
“I do it to do it,” Trump says. Which is as good a reason as any, I suppose.
Donald trump for president is the biggest joke since yolo
— Magnus G. (@iBeMagnus) June 16, 2015