In a move which has left some observers puzzled, former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he has created a line of superhero-themed trading cards.
According to Fox News, the Donald Trump Digital Trading Cards will feature Trump's face grafted onto the bodies of costumed superheroes.
"These limited edition cards feature amazing ART of my Life & Career! Collect all of your favorite Trump Digital Trading Cards, very much like a baseball card, but hopefully much more exciting," Trump was quoted as saying.
"Only $99 each! Would make a great Christmas gift," the former president insisted, adding, "Don't wait. They will be gone, I believe, very quickly!"
Trump's trading card offer came a day after he teased in a post on his social media platform Truth Social that "a major announcement" would soon be in the works.
Fox News pointed out that not everyone was impressed by the superhero card offering, with conservative podcast host Ben Shapiro sarcastically tweeting, "Thank God, the digital trading cards are here. It was indeed a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT."
Thank God, the digital trading cards are here. It was indeed a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT. pic.twitter.com/T1nsqRwr92
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 15, 2022
Former Trump aide turned critic Alyssa Farah Griffin spoke up as well, unfavorably comparing Trump's trading card announcement with the way Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has used his time on social media.
The juxtaposition is *chefs kiss* pic.twitter.com/hcNEA7NKdV
— Alyssa Farah Griffin (@Alyssafarah) December 15, 2022
Meanwhile, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said there had been widespread speculation in Washington that Trump's impending announcement would be political in nature.
The speculation from other Rs and even some Dems was rampant that the “major announcement” would be about his campaign or McCarthy. But, instead it’s a quick money-making opportunity trussed up with a meme.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 15, 2022
Haberman also claimed that Trump has long wanted to "be seen as Superman," and even considered putting on a Superman shirt after recovering from COVID in 2020.
"Trump wanted to be wheeled out of Walter Reed in a Superman shirt under his actual shirt," the journalist asserted, adding, "Aides talked him out of it (and then Meadows devoted several lines in his book to claiming it hadn’t happened). So instead he does it virtually and tries to make money off it."