11 October 2019 01:51
The current President of the United States is taking his 2020 campaign directly to Twitch streamers, beginning with a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 10. Twitch just got a lot more bigly. President Donald Trump is now live streaming his rallies on the DonaldTrump Twitch channel. This new endeavor by the President is beginning with a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more: Twitch unveils Founders Badge designed to help starting streamers The Twitch chat for this channel is in Followers-Only Chat mode, and features numerous emote spams, calls for impeachment, and even a verified Washington Post account calling on the President to play Doki Doki Literature Club.
An automated message from the Donald Trump account pierces through chat: "Thanks for joining us everyone! Watch President Trump live from Minnesota around 8PM ET tonight!" This was followed up with numerous responses including various users requesting to be channel mods, and one user saying "No, I don't think I will" a la Captain America at the end of Avengers: Endgame, before the chat jumped into a short discussion about college debt. Twitch The offline page and active chat of the Donald Trump Twitch channel before the Minneapolis rally Trump is not the first politician to utilize Twitch to try and reach a new portion of their audience. Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has used Twitch to stream rallies over the past few months, with some as recent as just over a week ago. Senator Sanders recently suffered a heart attack while on the campaign trail, which may delay his next streamed rally.
Advertisement Move over Dr Disrespect, Ninja, and Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump is becoming a streamer. Today, the President of the United States created his own Twitch channel, a streaming service owned by Amazon, a company that has been the subject of much criticism from Trump during his tenure as president. At the moment of publishing, there's been no official statement from Trump or his administration about the new initiative. In fact, right now the channel has less than 3,000 followers and there's nothing on the channel other than some promotion for his upcoming rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Of course, it's unlikely Donald Trump will ever use the channel to play Fortnite or chase a Jet Set Radio Future speedrun record, but it will presumably get lots of use in the build-up to the 2020 election as Trump travels across the country and energizes his base.
He isn't the first politician to tap into Twitch's massive platform, and he likely won't be the last. As always, feel free to leave a comment or two letting us know what you think. Meanwhile, for more news, media, and information on Twitch, click here. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Donald Trump is spreading his social media wings with the launch of a channel on Twitch. Trump is at least the third candidate for president to create a presence on the video game streaming service. Trump's account, which has a verification check mark, counts about 7,000 followers but hasn't posted any content as of this writing, but the move suggests the president will use the platform to live-stream videos to his supporters as part of his 2020 re-election bid. Other candidates to launch Twitch accounts include Democrats Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang. Although not a fan of social media, Trump is one of the industry's most prolific users, using his Twitter account to announce policy changes and criticize his opponents. His 65.5 million followers on Twitter put him just out of the top 10 most-followed Twitter accounts. He also has nearly 15 million followers on Instagram, although he posts on that account far less frequently than he does on Twitter. His choice to expand his social media presence by going two Twitch, which 15 million users visit daily to watch others play video games, is a bit of double irony for the president. Trump is well known for accusing social media of harboring liberal bias and suppression of conservative voices, but he's also blamed video games for contributing to the "glorification of violence in our society." And then there's Amazon, which paid about $970 million for Twitch in 2014. Trump has made the internet retail giant one of his favorite targets, making repeated accusations that the company is taking advantage of its delivery partnership with the US Postal Service. Its CEO, Jeff Bezos, has also been a frequent target of Trump's attacks, with the president widely seen as targeting the company because Bezos owns The Washington Post, which has reported critically on the president. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. President Donald Trump has launched an official Twitch channel, which will stream his campaign rally in Minneapolis tonight. The channel, which already has more than 4,000 followers, promotes Trump's campaign website, merchandise, and donations, as well as various social media accounts underneath the video player. The chat has numerous Twitch staff members listed under the users tab, and it is still being flooded with numerous emotes and memes. DonaldTrump – Twitch DonaldTrump streams live on Twitch! Check out their videos, sign up to chat, and join their community. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders launched his Twitch channel in June, so Trump's certainly not the first politician branch into the streaming platform, but he is certainly the largest. Trump's stream indicates viewers will be able to watch his campaign rally in Minneapolis, but the stream is not online as of writing. President Trump has created a channel on Amazon.com Inc.'s Twitch, a sign he plans to use the live-streaming platform to promote his 2020 re-election campaign. A spokeswoman for Twitch, a platform popular among videogame players, confirmed Thursday the channel belonged to Mr. Trump, though it couldn't be immediately determined when the page was launched.