Trump video tower: Internet Archive reveals searchable Trump trove

6 Jan 2017

The creation of the Trump Archive means every video or TV utterance by Trump can now be scrutinised by the media and the public. Image: Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock

TV appearances made by Donald Trump in the last eight years can now be found in the Trump Archive, a searchable repository created by Internet Archive.

The Trump Archive launched last night, with more than 700 televised speeches and other news broadcasts related to president-elect Donald Trump.

This amounts to more than 520 hours of video between 2009 and today.

Described as a work in progress, the video trove includes more than 500 video statements that have been fact-checked by FactCheck.orgPolitiFact, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker.

The videos cover such controversial topics as immigration, Trump’s tax returns, Hillary Clinton’s emails and healthcare.

Trump Archive means we can keep on talking in the free world

“Reporters, researchers, Wikipedians, and the general public are invited to quote, compare and contrast televised statements made by Trump,” said Nancy Watzman from Internet Archive.

Users are free to use clips in articles and videos, create supercuts using an online ‘Popcorn’ video editor and point out content that the Internet Archive may be missing.

Famously, following Trump’s shock victory last year, Internet Archive copied its entire data library to Canada, fearing censorship and possible repression once president-elect Trump takes office.

Donald Trump rallies his supporters. Image: Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years