— -- Republican nominee Donald Trump visited Reddit tonight as part of an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, and fielded questions from his most ardent supporters on the web.
Trump has been an Internet phenomenon since announcing his candidacy in 2015, and Reddit has served as a kind of hot spot for dialogue about his ideas for his fans. Trump, who was flying from an event in Scranton to an event in Toledo during the session, was delayed at the start of the event, and replied to questions slowly.
He touched on issues of the police, visa reform, the Affordable Care Act and voter fraud.
"Voter fraud is always a serious concern and authorities must be vigilant from keeping those from voting that are not authorized to do so," Trump said in response to a question about the potential for rigged voting machines in November.
Several users expressed concern that the media and government were colluding to interfere with Trump's campaign, and block him from winning the presidency. Trump said that he was concerned about the "dishonesty of the press," and praised "new media" as a way to get out the truth.
Several users asked questions about space exploration, and NASA.
"Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration," Trump said.
"MAKE MARS AMERICAN," a Trump supporter going by the user name ChiefHammerPrime replied in a thread about space exploration.
Trump also attacked Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, who he referred to repeatedly by the nickname "Crooked Hillary." Responding to a question about what his solution would be to keep money out of politics, Trump wrote, "Keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House!"
"Whew I'm tired of winning. (I'm not.)" a user named "pexifissy" wrote in reply.
Trump also criticized his opponent's perceived lack of willingness to speak to the media.
"Crooked Hillary Clinton will not do press conferences because she cannot explain her illegally deleted 33,000 emails, or her disaster in Libya, or her role pushing TPP (which she would 100% approve if she got the chance), or her support for a 550% increase in Syrian refugees, etc," he wrote.
The online event, which Trump promised on social media would be "HUGE," was hindered by WiFi connectivity problems during the session. Still, the session provided an opportunity for some of Trump's bigger fans online to speak to him directly, and say anything they wanted. As a result of this, some comments were stranger than others.
"Mr. President Trump, sir. His Nimbleness. 2017-2025, His Golden Lionself. Thank you for gracing us with your presence," a user called Get-Em-Out said while leading into an unanswered question about legalized drugs.