Celera has been posing around his university's San Marcos campus as "Donald Tramp," donning a wig styled in Trump's signature coiffe and a blazer while performing a tongue-in-cheek striptease.
The 23-year-old computer science major caught the eye of local artist and musician Boy Chad, who captured some of Celera's moves at an on-campus protest in a video he uploaded to Facebook on Feb. 10. The clip, which can be viewed below, has since been featured on the New York Daily News and The Advocate, among other media outlets, receiving over 185,000 views.
A former Marine, Celera told The Huffington Post in an interview that he got the idea for the character last Halloween. While he'd originally planned on attending a party as Donald Trump, he said, "I knew that I had to stick out." Once he threw on a pair of short-shorts, "Donald Tramp" was born.
Celera said he plans to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson this November, but nonetheless praised Trump's campaign as "brilliant."
"He capitalized on the anti-establishment sentiment among Republican voters who criticize not only the Democrats, but the Republicans who they view as appeasers," he said. "Another appeal, even among non-supporters such as myself, is his indifference to political correctness. I'm a gay Asian immigrant, and I don't like political correctness one bit. I treasure all free speech, even what many may consider 'hate speech.'"
He said classmates and professors from all over the political spectrum have all been "overwhelmingly" supportive of his viral fame.
"Humor, as I put it, is the best weapon in the war of words," he told HuffPost. "There's nothing wrong with taking politics seriously, but it doesn't mean that one has to take it so personally to the detriment of their well-being."
And what would he say to Trump if he had an opportunity to speak to him directly?
"I want to at least try to convince him to reverse his positions on eminent domain and government surveillance," he said. "What will truly 'make America great again' is restoring individual rights, his position on those two major issues violate those precious freedoms."