Just because Donald Trump wasn’t involved in Wednesday night’s Democratic Town Hall didn’t stop him from being a top trend on Twitter.
While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were fighting for an outright win in New Hampshire, the hashtag #trumpertantrum was born in honor of the GOP candidate’s most recent outburst.
The phrase was actually created by Republican rival Ted Cruz, who tweeted it in response to Trump’s accusation that the Texas senator had committed fraud in order to win Monday night’s Iowa caucuses.
“Yet another #Trumpertantrum,” Cruz tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump very angry w/the people of Iowa. They actually looked at his record.”
“He’s having a ‘Trumper-tantrum,'” Cruz also told reporters. “He’s losing it.”
“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” Trump had tweeted earlier in the day, after coming in second place Monday. “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!
“Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud. Also, Cruz sent out a VOTER VIOLATION certificate to thousands of voters,” he continued.
Cruz beat Trump in a tight race for the Republican Iowa Caucus, securing 27.6 percent of the votes to Trump’s 24.3 percent.
The back and forth between the candidates soon inspired hilarious memes featuring Trump in full “Rambo” hear firing off a machine gun, Trump in a Hannibal Lector mask for the “Silence of the Trumptantrum,” and a “Zombies for Trump” campaign.
And timely with Groundhog Day having been Feb. 2, “Punxsutawney Donald sees no shadow, predicts long #trumpertantrum.”
See the best below.