Presidential candidate Donald Trump released a new Twitter strategy just days before the next debate. His campaign is selecting 2,500 people on the micro-blogging site to join the #BigLeagueTruth Team in an attempt to take over conversations on the platform during the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, notes The Daily Caller.
Trump seeking people to help him in the next debate
An official with the Republican National Committee told The Daily Caller on Sunday that the 2,500 people selected will receive text messages from the campaign during the debate directing them, for example, to “retweet this.” The supporters will be selected by the campaign based on their ability to influence conversations on the micro-blogging site. These supporters will also be asked to participate in a conference call with top campaign officials on Monday night.
The message on Trump’s website where users can sign up reads, “We cannot count on the rigged MSM [mainstream media] to bring the truth to the American people.”
It further says that Trump needs Twitter users to assist him in speaking directly to “hard-working Americans” who want to take their country back.
“Join the Big League Truth Team and help fact check Crooked Hillary LIVE during the debates,” the website states.
Twitter mocked for not paying taxes?
Trump is fighting back against mainstream media following The New York Times’ release of many of his tax documents. The newspaper notes that because of a nearly $1 billion loss in 1995, the presidential candidate could have not paid federal income tax for 18 years. Teams Clinton and Trump both had a lot to speak about the Times’ reporting, but the internet took a much funnier approach. Tweets from users were filled with ’90s references using the hashtag “last time Trump paid taxes.”
One user wrote, “the #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes we still had dial up internet!'” Hunger Games star Jeffrey Wright mocked the billionaire for his “birther” beliefs, tweeting, “the #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes was when Barack Obama was a small boy running barefoot in Kenya.”
Trump’s own tweets also came back to haunt him. One user pointed to a tweet from February 2012 that states that half of Americans do not pay income tax. Also after launching his presidential bid, Trump tweeted in September 2015 about the rich not paying their fair share of taxes.
“The hedge fund guys (gals) have to pay higher taxes ASAP. They are paying practically nothing. We must reduce taxes for the middle class!” Trump wrote.