President Trump has sent the left into a tailspin over what they see as his invasion of the video-streaming giant, Twitch.
Trump’s Thursday night rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota was live-streamed using the Amazon-owned platform, following in the footsteps of other presidential candidates and politicians.
The site was originally a platform for users to stream themselves playing video games but has grown to include other interests, such as politically directed content, in an effort to reach the younger, tech-savvy audience. Trump has now joined Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang on Twitch where they have held question and answer sessions with users.
CORRECTION: Trump is not partnered on @Twitch , he is merely verified. Political accounts on Twitch do not get any partnership benefits or monetization features, which should remove any sticky questions about campaign donations via bits and subscriptions. pic.twitter.com/R6WmCtNGQu
— Gene Park (@GenePark) October 10, 2019
Following the Minneapolis rally, Trump’s Twitch account is already up to nearly 53,000 viewers as of this writing and the video of Thursday’s event has been viewed over 50,000 on the site which also indicates that his campaign plans to broadcast next week’s rally in Dallas, Texas.
According to CNN:
Launched in 2011, Twitch is an online streaming platform that’s predominantly used to live stream video gameplay, though it also hosts live streaming of music, sports, talk shows and a range of other events.
It has substantially grown its video game streaming business since its debut, and Amazon (AMZN) purchased the service for $1 billion in 2014. The company says it has 15 million daily visitors and 1.3 million users at any one time.
The plan to focus on a heavy social media presence for the 2020 race follows the efforts made in 2016 when the Trump campaign used platforms such as Facebook effectively. And the president is already well-known on Twitter, where he has over 65 million followers.
Trump has frequently railed against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns Twitch as well as The Washington Post. The gamer platform came under scrutiny this week after thousands were able to watch a shooting near a German synagogue that was live-streamed on the site.
But while the president’s venture into the Twitch territory is a sign of his campaign’s push to gain a foothold in other social media platforms, many on the left did not welcome his addition to the streaming platform. There were some indications that the chat during the rally broadcast was being spammed by anti-Trump users who were writing “IMPEACH” in the comments as well as other remarks.
Trump’s twitch chat going about as well as anyone expected pic.twitter.com/cZJ6iSaau3
— Gene Park (@GenePark) October 11, 2019
Others just took to Twitter to voice their discontent.
I’ve taken a firm anti-gatekeeper stance my whole life, but if there’s any person we should all agree is not a Gamer, it’s Donald Trump. Shame on you, Mr. President, for trying to co-opt our movement by starting a Twitch account. Twitch belongs to the Gamers and so does America.
— Ace Watkins (@GamerPres2020) October 11, 2019
— T3CHGY007 (@T3CHGY007) October 11, 2019
I thought he hated @JeffBezos and Amazon though…
— Saliggy (@saliggy77) October 11, 2019
Its the end of civilization.
— Strangelove, PhD (@TrueScotsman8) October 11, 2019
hell his existence violates 80% of their community guidelines.,https://t.co/DvTorKA9bo
— Kieran (but scary) (@kier_bare) October 11, 2019
Others supported the president and advised the critics to “be better than the haters.”
So don’t use twitch. Or don’t look at his account. Don’t let the hate consume you. Be better than the haters.
— ?Anti-hate Ghoulian?♀️?♂️ (@AntediluvianG) October 11, 2019
So, would you say the same about Bernie Sanders?
— ScotchandTieGuy (@scotchandtieguy) October 11, 2019
While the Do nothing Democrats chase their tails trying to impeach for the 2635172th time President Trump/GOP are plowing on preparing for a massive GOP landslide.
Keep it up libs????
— DJE?? (@DJE203) October 11, 2019
You don’t speak for me. I want him to play Dawn of War cosplaying the Emperor of Mankind. Then I’ll move to America JUST so that i can vote for him.
You don’t know how good you’ve got it with Trump. Take a gander at the South African president… Know our pain.
— The One And Only (@Frankenllama1) October 11, 2019