US President Donald Trump has joined streaming service Twitch as part of his re-election strategy in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign.
There’s also a button further down his Twitch page that encourages supporters to donate to his campaign.
Social media users had a quick response to Trump’s move to embrace a new internet platform for reaching a broader audience, as some noted with sarcasm that the platform is chiefly used for live game streaming:
Bet he plays god damn Fortnite.— fletcher (@wbfletcher) October 10, 2019
Can't wait to see him mis those golf hits.— Dr. Space (@MrDrSpace) October 10, 2019
The hell is he going to stream on a platform primarily made for gaming?— Lord Flossington VII (@flossman) October 11, 2019
Please don't answer that, my eyeballs have already started bleeding.
here comes another heated gamer moment— bemusedchunk (@bemusedchunk) October 11, 2019
I'd watch him struggle mightily to play Fortnite tho.— Pithy Quips (@PithyQuips) October 11, 2019
Does he know 10 years old kids cannot vote?— WassabyMB (@mbwassaby) October 10, 2019
Others mentioned the fact that White House candidate Senator Bernie Sanders was already ahead of Trump and using the platform:
tryna steal bernies style😤😤😤— PorQpine215 (@qpine215) October 11, 2019
While some were puzzled at Trump’s decision to join a platform owned by Amazon:
You mean he is paying his pal Jeff Bezos to put him on live TV. Jeff is okay with this? Is it possible he edits the filming to show Trump in an even worse way than he’s already being captured? This could be very good or bad. I pray for the worst!— John Nordberg (@DogJohnRules) October 11, 2019
I’m surprised theyll let him on his platform since they’re so ban happy over the smallest things.— ♋️Em📼 (@emnemjane) October 11, 2019
Some netizens saw nothing odd in Trump’s move:
People criticize their government, while working for the government.— GSAs of America (@GSA_America) October 11, 2019
It’s called advocating for change. pic.twitter.com/hjBRAqPSNH
Trump is hardly the first political candidate to use Twitch, which is primarily used for live video game streams, in a bid to connect with voters, as White House presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), for instance, is also using the service.
Trump, however, has a complicated history with the company’s owner, Amazon, and its CEO, Jeff Bezos. Amazon bought the streaming company in 2014, and has been involved in the business ever since.
Trump and Bezos have racked up quite a history of clashes on Twitter.
Back when he was running for president in 2016, Donald Trump called out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post, lambasting the purchase as an opportunity for Amazon to generate positive coverage.
A holding company started by Bezos called Nash Holdings bought the Post in 2013 and Trump argued that Bezos, who owns both Amazon and Nash Holdings, bought The Post so that “Amazon will benefit from it.”
In December 2015, then-Republican presidential candidate Trump tweeted:
“If I become president, oh do they have problems,” Trump later said at a Texas event in February 2016.
Bezos responded on Twitter with a brief sarcastic comment that referenced his space flight company Blue Origin:
In more recent developments, this August, Trump via the White House ordered the Department of Defense to look into a $10 billion contract regarding cloud computing “because of concerns that the deal would go to Amazon,” according to The Post.
Despite his history with Amazon and Jeff Bezos, though, it’s a sign of these 2020 campaign times that every platform should be made ample use of in a drive to reach out to voters.