New media had its own issues today as Trump’s Reddit AMA today didn’t quite go as smoothly planned with few responses from the usually social media savvy ex-Celebrity Apprentice host in the first half hour. At one point a moderator on the subreddit jumped into say: “Mr. Trump is landing for his next rally and its interrupted his wifi, he will be back shortly.” Attracting over 16,000 comments early on and going up over 24,000, the AMA was initially delayed by about 15 minutes from its 4 PM PT start time by supposedly poor internet connection on Trump’ campaign plane on its way to Ohio.
Trump did have two certain victories today over the over an hour AMA – he provided 13 answers to President Barack Obama’s 10 in 2012 He also drew a thousand more comments/questions that the then running for re-election POTUS. Trump ended the session around 5:30 PM PT with a “I am off to my rally in Toledo! Had a great time answering questions on Reddit!” on his Facebook page.
Declaring that he is “never tired of winning,” Trump answered questions about media consolidation, plus more on immigration and visa abuse, voter fraud, NASA, attracting Bernie Sanders supporters and taking swipes at “Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump told the Reddit community that “one of the first things I will do is to repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. He added, “I will put forward an amazing new plan, which will include many reforms, such as letting people buy insurance across state lines, increasing choice and competition, and bargaining for better, cheaper drug prices.”
Today’s remarks come just hours after a controversial Florida presser conference by the candidate. The Republican nominee for President saw the media boil over Wednesday over his comments about Russia’s alleged role in the DNC hack and seemingly encouraging the Putin regime to find and release the over 30,000 emails that the former Secretary of State deleted from her personal server before the subsequent FBI investigation. Unlike in past elections when opponents stay significantly off the trail, Trump has been in full campaign mode this week during the DNC – on and off-line.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton will not do press conferences because she cannot explain her illegally deleted 33,000 emails, or her disaster in Libya, or her role pushing TPP (which she would 100% approve if she got the chance), or her support for a 550% increase in Syrian refugees, etc,” Trump reiterated on Reddit this afternoon, not backing down from his earlier attacks on the Democrat. One commenter allowed on the forum wrote “LOCK HER UP” over and over in response to Trump’s answer – the chant against Clinton was popular at the RNC last week and even was screamed out by Sanders supporters at the DNC earlier this week.
“She is totally bought and sold by special interests,” Trump said of his POTUS seeking rival in another answer. “She and her husband have been paid millions and millions by global corporations and powerful interests who will control her every decision. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.”
Like Obama did during the 2012 election, the former reality TV host looked all seamlessly set to participate in a highly promoted AMA on the online community. “Hello The_Donald readers and the entire Reddit community — this is going to be SO huge and I’m looking forward to answering your questions,” said a posting at around 3:30 PM PT Wednesday from Trump himself. “I’m doing this in flight to visit the great people of Toledo, OH, so Internet connection might be spotty — I promise you, I’ll answer all the questions I can. I want to do BIG things for America and as your President, I WILL Make America Great Again! Be back in 30 — 7 pm ET!”
In anticipation of trolling and Trump being digitally leg-trapped in embarrassing questions that could lead to a media frenzy, moderators of the forum on Reddit’s third most active community will be keeping a close eye on comments and letting only established users chime in.