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Trump calls TIKTOK ‘an honor.’ The president tried to ban the video-sharing app.

By triji Jun 5, 2024

Two days after he was found guilty of felonies, Donald Trump became the first former president and presumed major party nominee in American history to join the popular video-sharing service TikTok, which he had previously attempted to outlaw while in the White House. He also shared footage from a UFC bout on the app.

In the TikTok video, which shows him waving to fans and taking pictures at the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight on Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey, Trump remarked, “It’s an honor.” “That was a good walk-on, right?” Trump asks the camera as the film comes to a close.

By Sunday morning, the tweet had received over a million likes and 24 million views, and Trump had over 1.1 million followers on the social media site.

Regarding the campaign’s decision to join the site, Trump spokesman Steven Cheung stated in a statement, “We will leave no front undefended and this represents the continued outreach to a younger audience consuming pro-Trump and anti-Biden content.”

“There’s no better venue to debut President Trump’s Tik Tok than a UFC event, where he was greeted like a hero and thousands of fans encouraged him,” he continued.

Even though his campaign launched in February and has attempted to collaborate with influencers, Democratic President Joe Biden signed legislation in April that may outlaw TikTok in the United States.

At the event at the Prudential Center in Newark, Trump was warmly greeted by the crowd, which erupted in cries of “We love Trump!” and one person even insulted Biden with a profanity.

It was Trump’s first public appearance since a New York jury on Thursday found him guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in an attempt to rig the 2016 election by concealing payments of hush money to a porn star who claimed to have had sex with him. Trump intends to appeal the decision and has insisted he did nothing wrong. On July 11, he will be sentenced.

Trump has attempted to connect to voters who might not be engaged with traditional news sources or politics by using his appearances at UFC fights to portray a strong image throughout his campaign. Additionally, it’s a component of a larger initiative to engage voters of color, especially Black and Latino men, and young people.

ByteDance, located in Beijing, owns TikTok, which offers an additional avenue to connect with prospective voters. With 170 million users in the United States, the platform’s user base is skewing younger, a difficult demographic for advertising to target because they avoid television.

Using an executive order claiming that “the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned” by Chinese businesses constituted a national security danger, Trump attempted to outlaw TikTok while serving as president. TikTok filed a lawsuit, and the courts halted the activity.

The FBI and FCC have issued warnings about ByteDance’s potential to provide China’s government with user data, including browsing history, location, and biometric identifiers. According to TikTok, it has never done so and wouldn’t if asked.

During the GOP primary in 2024, the platform was a contentious issue that most candidates avoided bringing up. Because of its ties to China, several people—including former vice president Mike Pence—called for TikTok to be prohibited in the United States.

Although Trump has stated publicly this year that he still thinks TikTok poses a risk to national security, he is against outlawing the app because doing so would benefit Facebook, his rival that he continues to attack over his defeat to Biden in the 2020 election.

To be really honest, a lot of people adore TikTok. Many young children on TikTok will go insane without it, Trump said in an interview with CNBC.

ByteDance has nine months to sell the business under the terms of the legislation signed by Biden, with an extra three months if a transaction is already underway. If not, TikTok will be taken down. In December 2022, Biden blocked the app from using most federal devices.

Despite this, his reelection campaign makes use of the app, which it signed up for on Super Bowl game night in February. Aides contend that in today’s more fragmented media landscape, the campaign needs to reach voters on as many platforms as it can, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, TikTok, and others.

At the moment, Biden’s “bidenhq” account has 4.5 million likes and more than 330,000 followers.

Following his presence at the fight on Saturday, Trump participated in an interview with Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” which aired on Sunday.

During the interview, Trump declared he was “OK” with the possibility of doing time in jail or being placed under home arrest since that was “the way it is.”

However, he made the same suggestion once more—that the people might not agree to such a penalty for a former president who is currently seeking reelection to the White House.

“You know, I doubt that the general population would tolerate it. The public might not tolerate it, he remarked. “I believe the people would find it difficult to accept. There is, as you well know, a breaking point.

Trump has insisted on his innocence and said he “did absolutely nothing wrong” throughout the trial.

He was questioned about his wife Melania Trump’s reaction to the news.

She is alright. But I believe she’s having a lot of difficulty. She’s okay, really. However, he remarked, “You know, she has to read all this garbage.”

During his seven-week trial, she did not appear in court with Trump.–Prix/10676411


By triji

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