On Wednesday night, Donald Trump appeared on Reddit to field questions during an AMA. Many were excited to see how the unpredictable presidential candidate would respond to an open forum.
However, instead of doing an open interview session in Reddit’s IAmA subreddit, Trump did it on the pro-Trump subreddit The_Donald. The AMA only allowed established Reddit users of r/The_Donald to ask questions and that any comments from new users would be automatically deleted.
For this AMA we have temporarily taken extra security measures to keep our community free from troublemakers. We built the wall 10 ft taller, you might say.
Comments from brand new accounts are among those that will be removed by the automoderator. Accounts that are less than 30 days old AND that have less than 500 combined karma are ineligible and their comments will be automatically removed. Public figures who support Trump may circumvent this by sending me a private message that includes a link to their verified twitter profile, then following us on twitter (@theDonaldReddit).
Please note that the rules of this subreddit DO apply (see our sidebar) and that our moderators will be strictly enforcing our rules during the AMA. Those who are not eligible to post at /r/The_Donald may still ask questions over at /r/AskTrumpSupporters.
Trump began the AMA by saying:
“This is going to be SO huge and I’m looking forward to answering your questions. 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!”
Some of the questions asked were laughably pro-Trump.
Many of the answers were not exactly detailed, nor did they offer real solutions.
But you did find out Trump’s favorite U.S. Presidents.
And you learned that Trump thinks NASA is “wonderful.”
Trump praised new media, which seemed to benefit him in this AMA.
I understand this is a quick Q&A, and you can’t go into great length about complex policies, but it would have been nice to see a few concrete plans other than “I will create millions of new jobs.”
This answer was likely Trump’s best response because it actually hinted at how he will deal with escalating insurance costs.
Alt-right provocateur, Breitbart editor and Trump supporter Milo Yiannopoulos posed a question to Donald, who he affectionately refers to as “Daddy.”
Of course there was a shoutout to “Crooked Hillary.”
Trump attempted to appeal to disenfranchised Bernie Sanders supporters.
Overall, the were 13 questions that were approved and answered.
For the candidate who gets many accolades for speaking his mind, this really doesn’t seem to be an “Ask Me Anything.” I’m not saying that other politicians and celebrities don’t censor and handpick questions, but this came across as severely one-sided and as a lay-up for Trump. A relatively recent AMA by a politician that struck me as informative and didn’t come across as completely biased was the one done by Kentucky Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul.
In Trump’s defense, there were individuals who planned to disrupt his AMA.
You would have liked to see more quesitons from independent voters, who wanted to ask questions to help them figure out who to vote for. But it was probably prudent for the Trump campaign to take these precations since the race for the 2016 presidency is now in full swing and you don’t want to lose the election because you botched a question from a Redditor by the name of “BonerSpatula.”