Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy might seem like a joke—a dark, sad performance piece meant to reveal the ugly id of American voters—but the Democratic National Committee is taking the bid seriously. Trump is, after all, leading the current GOP field by an impressive margin.

According to a report from The Guardian, the DNC has now assigned a full-time staff member to the Trump campaign. The staff member will be “devoted to responding to statements and pushing back against his campaign.”

Via The Guardian:

Previously, the staffer in question only had New Jersey governor Chris Christie to monitor. But as Trump’s fortunes have risen in the polls and Christie’s have fallen, the DNC has changed its focus.

The decision makes Trump the ninth candidate (out of 16) to which the DNC is devoting such resources. In addition to Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are also so monitored.

Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum do not make the list.

Ostensibly the staff member will spend much of his/her time rolling their eyes and rhetorically asking “Seriously?” To which Republican primary voters will solemnly respond, “Seriously.” Eventually the staffer’s soul will starve while wandering the verbal wasteland that is Donald Trump and the Republic will collapse under the heavy weight of its own stupidity.

2016 will truly be a banner year.

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