WASHINGTON DC – Hours after a chaotic morning press conference in which Donald Trump appeared to encourage the Russian government to hack his Democratic opponents’ emails, Trump turned to Reddit Ask Me Anything, an online exercise in which celebrities candidly answer a range of user-generated questions, in a bid to help his faltering reputation. Unfortunately, the exercise was far from being as candid as previous celebrity AMA’s on Reddit.
Trump answered 13 user-submitted questions on topics ranging from media bias to moon landings. Although, Trump’s halting Q&A session revealed little new information about the notoriously candid Republican candidate, it did help showcase many of the issues considered important by Trump’s most fervent online fans.
“This is going to be SO huge and I’m looking forward to answering your questions,” Trump said in his introduction to the post, humbly titled: “I’m Donald J. Trump and I’m Your Next President of the United States.”
“I’m doing this in flight to visit the great people of Toledo, OH, so Internet connection might be spotty,” Trump continued. “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!”
The AMA – or “Ask Me Anything” – was announced on Monday as the latest installment in Reddit’s popular series in which politicians, celebrities or people with multiple penises answer questions submitted by the site’s users. Trump’s AMA was hosted on the threadr/The_Donald, home to more than 190,000 subscribers and which described itself days before Trump’s event as the internet’s largest “cuck-free” media source (“cuck” is short for cuckservative, a combination of cuckold and conservative, the alt-right’s insult of choice for Trump’s detractors).
As in Trump’s press conferences, where numerous media outlets are banned from participating, the barrier for submitting entries to the AMA was high.
The Donald Trump Reddit, bastion of fighting political correctness, is a literal safe space. Can't make it up. pic.twitter.com/gwmuV85oyx
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) July 27, 2016
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) July 27, 2016
I asked Trump why he won't release his tax returns if he's rich and doesn't have ties to the Russians. Reddit deleted it within 15 minutes.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 27, 2016
As user complaints show, many of the questions Trump has been avoiding on the campaign trail were also censored out of the AMA event, with only simple-to-answer ‘fluff’ questions being left by the site’s moderators for Trump to answer.