These moments involving the GOP frontrunner really stoked the flames of the online fire

By Lydia Price
Updated March 15, 2016 05:50 PM
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To say that the 2016 Presidential election has been heated doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Although it’s been an all-around dramatic race to the presidency, one candidate has been especially skilled at inspiring conversations and content that spreads to every corner of the Internet.

These Donald Trump moments were shared, dissected and retweeted with fervor.

Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton’s open letter
The man behind HONY, a popular photography project featuring portraits of strangers along with emotional snippets of their personal narratives, impressed his fans with a powerful open letter to the divisive presidential candidate. Posted on Facebook on Monday, Stanton’s letter has already garnered over 1.8 million reactions (including one from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton) and over 52,000 comments.

The photographer writes that although he aims to keep politics out of his work, he felt compelled to speak out about Trump’s controversial campaign.

“I try my hardest not to be political,” Stanton begins the letter. “But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.”

“I’ve watched you retweet racist images,” he continues. “I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families.”

“You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.”

SNL‘s "Voters For Trump Ad"
The late-night favorite hasn’t let any election-centric material go to waste, but one well-watched digital clip stands out for its brutal take on the GOP candidates’ supporters. A fake “Voters For Trump Ad” skewered Trump fans in a satirical campaign video suggesting that they are diehard racists.

“He’s not some cautious politician. He says what I’m thinking,” a woman (Vanessa Bayer) ironing a KKK robe says in the video.

The clip has been viewed over 6 million times on YouTube in 9 days.

The Chris Christie meme craze
The Internet felt that something was a bit off when former presidential candidate Chris Christie stood behind Trump, whom he had endorsed after dropping out of the race, while he delivered a victory speech in Florida.

People went wild with the apprehensive expression the New Jersey governor made as Trump spoke, flooding the world with memes and jokes about his seemingly regretful appearance:

Even Ronan Farrow got in on the fun with a Psycho mashup on Vine.

And yes, the awkward incident was also featured on SNL.

John Legend’s Twitter feud with Donald Trump Jr. and Chrissy Teigen’s fight with Trump
Legend became one of the most famous faces to criticize Trump online when he took on Trump’s son over Twitter.

“Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn’t even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad,” Trump Jr. initially tweeted about a rally that was cancelled in Chicago.

“.@DonaldJTrumpJr I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn’t complicated,” Legend replied.

Trump Jr. continued to defend his father in an ensuing tweet: “Here we go again. That can’t be the answer for everything you don’t like. That’s why the country is so divided now!”

Meanwhile, the singer responded to Trump supporters who accused him of having “no education” and being “the real racist.”

Legend was following in his wife Teigen’s footsteps. The supermodel traded Twitter shots with the man himself in November.

Teigen kicked off the feud when she replied to a tweet he had posted about a meeting with black pastors that was “not a press event” by writing, “@realDonaldTrump so don’t tweet about it you twat.”

Trump then retweeted a supporter who bashed Teigen’s looks and language: “Wow! Trashy gutter mouth woman. You can’t hold a candle 2 Melania Trump when it comes to beauty and eloquence,” they wrote.

“Ok trumpers let’s get one thing straight, we both married well and pose half naked, I’m not alone in this,” Teigen said about Melania, who has done some modeling of her own, in response. “lol poor melania doesn’t need to be dragged into this. She goes through enough already,” she added.

Donald Trump Calls for ‘Peace and Happiness Amid Violence at Rallies

Bernie scaring Trump gifs and videos
A man rushed the stage at an Ohio Trump rally in March, causing the candidate to flinch in fear before Secret Service agents came to his aid.

Video of the episode was later edited to look like Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders had actually scared Trump, and the Internet fell in love with the subsequent gifs and clips.

John Oliver’s Trump segment
The Last Week Tonight host finally addressed the GOP frontrunner’s campaign – and made “Drumpf” happen – in a segment the Internet couldn’t get enough of.

“At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole: It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it,” Oliver says in a clip from the show that has been viewed 21 million times on YouTube.

At the end of his methodically executed takedown of all things Trump, the host gleefully reveals that the business mogul’s family name was originally “Drumpf.”

“Tonight I am asking America to make Donald Drumpf again,” Oliver says.

The show created a Chrome extension that changes every Trump that comes across the browser into a Drumpf and set up an official Donald J. Drumpf website complete with merchandise.

Social media users quickly embraced the use of Drumpf, even getting #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain to trend on Twitter.