The result was, unsurprisingly, a swirling mass of angry citizens hammering Trump on his nativist rhetoric, comparing his hair to grocery store produce, and generally treating this pointless publicity stunt with all the seriousness it deserves. Since Trump is less a corporeal being than a concentrated mass of pure ego feeding solely on the constant attention of a cynical public, #AskTrump was an unqualified success.
But to be fair, there were a number of serious policy questions people asked about the single most important political issue of our day—Pokémon. What follows are the most insightful, probing, trenchant queries the former Celebrity Apprentice host received about Pokémon.
— Dallas MacDermant (@theSupremeRk9s) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump do you feel that the introduction of mega evolutions to Pokemon cheapened the competitive Pokemon meta game??
— jenuwine (@jenuwinej) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump I know ur holding back pokemon go information WILL WE HAVE TO GO TO POKEMON CENTERS TO HEAL OUR POKEMON HOW WILL WE LEARN MOVES
— Rachel⁉️ (@notrachelray) September 21, 2015
Have you ever defeated Brock with a level 10 Pikachu? #AskTrump
— fahad (@fahads394) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump Will Ash Ketchum ever become Pokemon master?
— Chris (@ChristosDallas_) September 22, 2015
#AskTrump What is your postgame route for Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs All Rangerdex?
— Sean (@Diamond44444444) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump is it true you beat the pokemon league with a single magikarp because you're " That Amazing"
— Sean McM (@SeanChicagoMcM) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump Who is your favorite Pokemon and what is your favorite type? You seem like a Chancey type of dude, imo
— Do Not Watch The Game Of American Football, Please (@LakdifFlanchzed) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump Is Charizard the strongest Pokemon?
— Frater Pera (@ThatWerewolfTho) September 21, 2015
#AskTrump if you had to live on $20 per day would you buy Nintendogs for DS OR a whole bunch of pokemon cards (asking for a friend)?
— PAIGEBEARPIG (@dannyglover) September 21, 2015
It doesn’t appear as if Trump has taken a public stance on evolution yet, so this hashtag campaign seems like a perfect time for him to clarify his position on whether he disputes the theory or if he has plans to eventually evolve his Squirtle into a Blastoise.
When it comes to the general election, however, Trump fares poorly in a hypothetical match-up against Democratic front-runners Team Rocket (pictured below).
Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III