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Trump’s Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ light on actual answers

Donald Trump hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit Wednesday night, in the midst of the Democratic National Convention.
Donald Trump hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit Wednesday night, in the midst of the Democratic National Convention. Facebook

There were nearly 25,000 comments on the Reddit post. Donald Trump appeared to answer seven of them before posting a sign off.

Of those seven answers, none addressed new information the candidate hasn’t answered before. Answers included his stance on immigration policies, “keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House,” concern about voter fraud and loving NASA.

Reddit is a self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” which hosts breaking news content, images, discussions and other relevant topics of the day. Most of its audience are millennials.

Trump’s “Ask Me Anything” was hosted in a certain section of Reddit meant for Trump supporters, and moderators clarified that they would delete posts supportive of other candidates. Users also “upvote” and “downvote” certain questions, and ones with more upvotes were more likely to get answers from the candidate.

Some users posted on Twitter that they were banned for posting certain questions to the presidential candidate.

Trump ignored questions on net neutrality, Wikileaks, medical marijuana and several other issues he hasn’t answered before. Many asked what his stance was on NASA funding, and he responded simply that “NASA is wonderful!”

His other answers were consistently vague, responding to one question on how to regulate the “protected class of media elites” by saying he thought “new media is a great way to get out the truth.”

The presidential candidate had a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio at 8 p.m. and posted a sign off at 7:57 p.m. Five other answers were posted after that point, and it’s unclear if a staff member took over or if Trump continued answering. Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to a request for comment.

During primary season, Reddit was known as a hub of many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trump (or a staffer) specifically targeted that audience in one answer:

In other answers, he gave some classic Trumpisms:

And, like most AMAs, he took some softball questions too:

No word on if Trump would fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, Reddit’s classic AMA question.

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