Donald Trump to Reddit: ‘Ask me anything’

25 Jul 2016

Reddit’s ever-popular ‘ask me anything’ (AMA) format is set for its biggest host of the year, with Donald Trump taking part on Wednesday night.

US presidential nominee Donald Trump is preparing to sit down and answer pretty much anything in one of the most intriguing Reddit AMAs in recent times.

An official post will go out at 11.30pm (IST) on Wednesday 27 July, and Trump will start responding to questions “from the Reddit community” by midnight, according to a briefing sent out to highlight the event.

Donald Trump

The AMA will be hosted on the subreddit r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump forum.

Although Trump’s not tasked with answering absolutely every question posited during his spell on Reddit, the event will still garner plenty of attention for the presidential hopeful. Notable politicians in the past who have also used the medium to connect with voters include current US President Barack Obama.

Make America great again

Forum moderators are already clearly excited, claiming “the 45th President of the United States of America will be here”.

“Get your questions ready, put on your MAGA [Make America Great Again] hats, and bring your high-energy – it’s going to be TREMENDOUS!”

Trump is attracting eyes from all over the world, and various strands of business throughout the US. Earlier this month, Silicon Valley leaders slammed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in an open letter that is scathing in its criticism of his attitude towards inclusion, co-operation and innovation.

Claiming Trump is against open dialogue, free movement of people, and engagement with the outside world, the authors – including Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit –  noted numerous layers of innovation that were under threat should he become US president.

Elsewhere, a study of over 1,000 people in the US found that reading Harry Potter books tends to turn people away from Trump.

Main Donald Trump image via Gino Santa Maria/Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic