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Trump Vs. Biden on TikTok

by Bobby Williams

June 02, 2024

As president, Donald Trump wanted to ban TikTok for its alleged ties to the Chinese government.

But on Saturday, the ex-president became one of the platform’s newest users, expanding his online reach to young people ahead of November.

By early Sunday afternoon, Trump had amassed 2.1 million followers and his first video — taken at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Newark last night — had amassed over 2.5 million likes.

The video kicks off with remarks by UFC President Dana White as he points to Trump: “The president is now on TikTok.”

Trump’s response: “It’s my honor.”

The Trump campaign was just as ebullient over the development.

“We will leave no front undefended and this represents the continued outreach to a younger audience consuming pro-Trump and anti-Biden content,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement.

President Joe Biden — whose reelection campaign also launched a TikTok account — similarly signed legislation in April that could lead to a national TikTok ban if China-based parent company ByteDance chooses not to divest itself of the app.

Both Trump and Biden are looking to reach young voters through the popular video-sharing app

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