Trump Destroys Biden’s TikTok Follower Record

( – Former President Donald Trump played his hand very strategically after the conclusion of the New York hush money trial against him, using the guilty verdict as an opportunity to demonstrate how much public support he has, and one of the ways he did that was by rejoining TikTok and almost instantly crushing President Joe Biden’s numbers on the platform.

The latest move by Trump in the digital sphere may be a late attempt to tap in more directly with younger voters, but it proved fruitful. On Saturday, June 1, Trump rejoined TikTok with a bang, posting what many saw as a hero’s welcome, despite his past attempt as president to ban the social media app.

Only two days after a Manhattan jury handed the former president a guilty verdict on 34 felony counts for falsifying business records, Trump showed up at fight night for UFC 302. When Trump entered the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, he was greeted by a roaring crowd of thousands who stood on their feet and cheered for the former president, a moment that was captured on video and released as Trump’s first TikTok post.

The post took off quickly, generating over 3 million likes and over 125,000 replies in only a couple of days. It opens with UFC president and CEO Dana White walking out with Trump, looking at the camera, and announcing that “the president is now on TikTok,” after which Trump says it is his “honor.” He then asks White if it was “a good walk-on” as the crowd cheers around them.

Trump and his supporters view the current legal attacks against him as politically motivated persecution by his enemies to keep him from returning to the White House. The former president has repeatedly described it as a “witch hunt” and a “weaponization” of the American justice system. The unprecedented guilty verdict in New York marks the first time in US history that a former president has been convicted of a felony.

Based on his social media numbers, huge turn-outs for campaign rallies, polls in battleground states, and generally positive public reception, it seems President Joe Biden will have a more serious challenge on his hands than the Democrats expected.

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