Trump’s ‘October surprise’ falls flat, sparking derision

Donald Trump’s ‘big announcement’ proves to be a hokey publicity stunt that has sparked a wave of funny tweets and other online zingers.

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He also knows how to turn that crowd away in disdain.

For days, the multi-millionaire vowed to drop an October surprise that would shift the election in Mitt Romney’s favor. He told Fox News on Monday that the news was “very, very big,” promising to release it via Twitter and Facebook.

The social media world waited, Trump trended on Twitter, and then at noon ET on Wednesday the big announcement came in a YouTube video: The Donald would donate $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choosing if the president releases his college and passport records and applications by Oct. 31.

The grand unveiling drew a collective “huh?” from the Twittersphere, with many deriding it as nothing more than a failed publicity stunt.

That was the worst publicity stunt I have seen in a long time. @realdonaldtrump you really need to get a life. Just stop talking.

— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) October 24, 2012

It also drew its fair share of jokes at The Donald’s expense, including:

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