Should Candidates Use Instagram

Illustration of Beto O'Rourke with an Instagram filter

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a hot Democratic prospect for 2020, posted a video of a dental cleaning to his Instagram story yesterday, a make-it-stop moment that showed how different 2020 will be online.
  • Elizabeth Warren joked during an Instagram live video, filmed in her kitchen on New Year’s Eve, that she drinks "Michelob Ultra — the club soda of beers."
Instagram is the new fad for politicians trying to communicate with younger voters in an authentic way — but the more they use it, the lamer the content is going to get, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
  • Just being on the platform doesn't automatically give veteran politicians the same swag as Beto or AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose "Instagram feed is a master class in political brand building," per WIRED).
O'Rourke (age 46) and Ocasio-Cortez (29), who combined have over 2 million Instagram followers, made live-streaming a staples of their 2018 campaigns.
  • Appearing as an "unfiltered" version of yourself on social media is natural for a 29-year-old. It's not so natural for those who look like they could be your parents.
  • Hillary Clinton learned that the hard way in 2015 when she used Snapchat to tell her followers that she was "just chillin' in Cedar Rapids." She instantly became a meme.
How they use it: Ocasio-Cortez makes mac and cheese while talking about her progressive platform or addressing her critics.
  • O'Rourke goes to Whataburger or plays the air drums in his minivan while discussing politics.
  • People are drawn to their quotidian content because they've already bought into their personalities.
Everyone's experimenting:
  • Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who's 66 and has almost 10,000 Instagram followers, has used the platform to talk directly to voters. Sen. Cory Booker, 49, tweeted last year that Brown has a "VERY good Instagram."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (52), who has posted recipes before, baked a berry cobbler on New Year's Eve on Instagram.
  • A Reddit user wrote: "It’s worth it if we get to see Bernie fussily making goulash while yelling about the Post Office."
The bottom line: Just because it's live doesn't mean it's raw. Or good.





Source Axios.com

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Does Trump Really Do Drugs




New information indicates President Donald Trump is a “speed freak” who likes to snort crushed-up Adderall pills before public appearances.
Noel Casler, a former staffer on The Apprentice currently working as a stand-up comic claims that Trump was a “speed freak” who snorted Adderall. During a recent performance caught on video and widely shared on Twitter, Casler details Trump’s abuse of Adderall as well as his lust for teen beauty pageant contestants.
In the video Casler explains that he worked on The Apprentice for six seasons, and also worked on some of Trump’s beauty pageants during the 1990s.
Casler told the audience about Trump’s boorish and obnoxious behavior towards teen beauty pageant contestants:
I worked on a bunch of those beauty pageants he had in the ’90s, too. That was a good idea, Miss Teen Universe? Yeah, that’s like giving Jeffrey Dahmer a cooking show. He would line up the girls on the side of the stage, and he would inspect them. Literally, he would stick his little freaking doll fingers in their mouth and look at their teeth,” Casler said. “I’m not kidding, this is true, he would line them up like they were pieces of meat. He’d be like, ‘You, you, and you, if you want to win I’m in the penthouse suite, come and see me.’ If Trump had a cooking show they’d call it “The Douchebag Diet.” McDonald’s, chocolate ice cream and girls that look like Ivanka are all he ever eats.Casler then went on to explain that Trump was a “speed freak” who “crushes up his Adderall and he sniffs it because he can’t read, so he gets really nervous when he has to read cue cards.” Casler explained:
He’s a speed freak. He crushes up his Adderall and he sniffs it because he can’t read and he gets really nervous when he has to read cue cards. I’m not kidding. This is true. I had a 24-page NDA, non-disclosure agreement. I didn’t know then he was becoming president.
Watch the video below, relevant content appears around the 3:30 mark –
Others have stepped forward to confirm Casler’s allegations. Newsweek reports:
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold accused President Donald Trump of previously abusing Adderall on the set of NBC’s The Apprentice.
“Donald Trump abused Adderall on the set & it made him crazy. He even snorted Adderall. Mark Burnett knew it. It’s scary,” he wrote in a tweet, accusing The Apprentice creator of knowing that the president took the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug.
More reactions from Twitter:
Bottom line: New information indicates President Donald Trump is a “speed freak” who likes to snort crushed-up Adderall pills before public appearances.
Report: President Donald Trump Is An Adderall Snorting ‘Speed Freak’ (Image via Facebook)
Report: President Donald Trump Is An Adderall Snorting ‘Speed Freak’ (Image via Facebook)
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