Former president Donald Trump has walked into a comic-book universe of internet mockery. Trump announced his “official Donald Trump Digital Trading Card” collection with a picture of himself in a superhero costume, cape, and “Trump Champion” belt.
Trump used his social media platform Truth Social to trail a “major announcement” this week. The “limited edition cards” feature “amazing ART” from his “life and career” in the form of NFTs.
It was met with widespread ridicule, including from his allies and supporters.
His announcement followed recent polling showing his favorability dropping to its lowest level since 2015. The poll found that just 31 percent of registered voters surveyed hold a favorable opinion of the twice-impeached president, with 59 percent holding an unfavorable view.
A separate new poll found that Florida governor Ron DeSantis is outpacing the one-term president among likely GOP primary voters in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
The announcement of the superhero came with a video featuring Trump himself, saying “America needs a superhero” over an animation of himself standing outside Trump Tower, ripping open his suit to reveal a superhero costume and shooting lasers from his eyes.
“GET YOUR CARDS NOW!” the former president commanded, above the picture of himself standing in a ring for boxing or wrestling, muscles rippling under a red leotard and wearing high blue boots emblazoned with “45” (his presidential number) and an American flag as a cape.
Some link Trump’s announcement of the cards to his growing desperate need for funds has increased recently, amid unprecedented legal jeopardy over his business and political affairs.
He has also taken a battering in polls regarding the GOP nomination in 2024, slipping behind DeSantis already.
Far-right former advisers Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon have joined widespread criticism from the right against former president Trump’s “major announcement” of a line of digital cards featuring illustrations of himself.
“I can’t do this anymore,” Bannon said.
“Whoever, what business partner and anybody on the comms team and anybody at Mar-a-Lago, and I love the folks down there, but we’re at war. They oughta be fired today,” he added.
Flynn said: “Whoever advised him on that, I’d fire them immediately.”
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