Trump Joins TikTok

June 3, 2024

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump made a big splash on the social media scene by joining TikTok. In less than 24 hours, Trump had already surpassed the follower count of President Joe Biden’s campaign, demonstrating his enduring popularity and savvy use of social media platforms.

According to The Hill, Trump’s inaugural TikTok video featured Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White at a UFC title fight in New Jersey. The video starts with White announcing, “The President is now on TikTok,” to which Trump responded, “It’s my honor.” The video then showcased clips of Trump at the fight, highlighting his grand entrance and the enthusiastic crowd.

@realdonaldtrump Launching my TikTok at @UFC ♬ original sound – President Donald J Trump


This video quickly gained traction, amassing millions of likes and views within hours. By Sunday at 2 p.m., the video had garnered over 2.3 million likes and 38 million views. Trump’s account had gained more than 2.2 million followers—more than six times the followers of the Biden-Harris HQ account, which has been active since February.

Folks, Dems have no answer for that.

Trump’s entry into TikTok comes just days after he was found guilty on 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records in his New York “hush money” trial. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg charged Trump with these counts, and Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges. Despite the charges, Trump remains defiant and continues to engage actively with his supporters.

The trial, which lasted about six weeks, focused on alleged “hush money” payments and other details of an alleged affair. The jury deliberated for 9.5 hours over two days before reaching a verdict. Trump, now the first former U.S. president to be convicted of a crime, faces significant legal challenges. Each of the 34 counts carries a maximum sentence of four years, but New York’s law limits the maximum consecutive sentence for Class E felonies to 20 years. Legal experts, however, suggest that Trump is likely to receive probation or a shorter sentence, with sentencing scheduled for July 11.

Despite his legal troubles, Trump made a high-profile public appearance at UFC 302, escorted to his cageside seat by UFC CEO Dana White. The crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, cheered him on, reflecting his strong connection with UFC fans.

Trump’s friendship with White goes back over 20 years, beginning when Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City hosted UFC events during a time when the promotion struggled for acceptance. White has been a staunch supporter of Trump, speaking on his behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention and hosting him at numerous UFC events.

 

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