Reddit’s “AMA” series has established itself as a great Internet tradition in a medium whose memes, gifs and trending topics typically last a matter of days. The idea is as simple as it is brilliant: A notable figure simply states “Ask Me Anything,” then answers the questions in the most honest way possible.
When Donald Trump participated on Wednesday (July 27), however, he seems to have missed the point. For starters, he held the discussion on a Reddit page dedicated to his campaign — in essence, preaching to the choir. On top of that — in an hour — he answered a grand total of eight questions.
Below, a few questions that Trump (and his screeners) didn’t deem worthy of the “anything” distinction.
Where are your tax records?
Twitter user Patrick (@Thegetawayplan9) revealed that he was banned from participating in Trump’s AMA. His objectionable act? Asking about the Republican candidate’s unusual decision to not release his tax records.
What are your thoughts on Net neutrality?
Breitbart.com tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to ask The Donald for his take on the controversial matter of Internet service providers deciding which content and applications might receive better access and speed than others. According to Motherboard managing editor Adrianne Jeffries (@adrjeffries), the moderators deleted the question. Of course, Yiannopoulos could have tweeted out this news himself, if he hadn’t been recently banned for life from Twitter.
What is your plan for ___?
It’s no secret that Trump haters frequently point to The Donald’s unwillingness to offer detailed plans for achieving many of the solutions he says he’ll provide. Undoubtedly, it’s a notion that his supporters would argue — but when you take a look at comparisons like the one below, it’s hard to debate that he seems a bit evasive. Keep in mind, this is one of the eight questions that Trump did “answer.”
2200 more questions
Shortly after the AMA, Trump’s moderators bragged that they “banned 2200 shills” during the hour of questioning. “Sorry brigaders,” writes “lil-z” in the declaration. “You weren’t dealing with amateurs, our mods are battle-hardened shill-slayers.”
No matter which candidate you put into an AMA-like situation, you’re bound to get a lot of haters. But even in the age of the Internet, some old truths would seem to apply, regardless of your politics — like, if you’re going to throw around the words “Ask Me Anything,” you probably shouldn’t brag about avoiding 2200 questions.