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Trump Q&A session on Reddit leaves some underwhelmed

7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, July 28 2016 Jul 28, 2016 July 28, 2016 11:56 AM July 28, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Reddit on Wednesday night for an “Ask Me Anything” session.

Ask Me Anything threads, or AMA for short, involve users of the content aggregation site engaging in a live Q&A session with the host.

Trump responded to a just 12 total questions during the hour the AMA was live. News site Ars Technica followed the session and described Trump’s answers as “very short” and sounding “very similar to previous things he’s said on the campaign trail.”

Many site users found they were disappointed by the lack of depth or volume of responses as Trump had taken to Reddit ahead of the AMA to talk it up as “SO huge.” The letdown performance is surprising considering that his Twitter tweets draw massive attention from mainstream media outlets.

When asked “What role should NASA play in helping to Make America Great Again?” Trump responded with “Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration.”

When asked about media bias, Trump described new media as “a great way to get out the truth.”

Questions about personal encryption, Edward Snowden and intellectual property law were ignored by Trump, according to Ars. Queries concerning tech aren’t that surprising considering technology and science have been major focuses of the site before it became a meme dumping ground.

Wednesday’s AMA was not the first time a major politician has taken to the platform as Barack Obama did one during his 2012 campaign for reelection. The subreddit dedicated to Trump and Trump supporters, /r/TheDonald, acquires up to 52 million page views a month.

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