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'Trump Tower Live' Launches on Facebook

2016-10-25

This is What’s Trending Today…

American presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a daily Facebook Live program. The new show is called Trump Tower Live. Members of his election campaign team produce the show at Trump Tower in New York City. The candidate lives within the 58-floor skyscraper.

Facebook carried the first Trump Tower Live program Monday night. The program looked similar to a nightly news show on television. Its aim is, as one presenter explained on Monday, to “give you the message straight from the campaign.” Another host said that the new show is “bypassing the left-wing media, which skews everything.”

The Republican Party nominated Trump as its presidential candidate three months ago. Since then, he and his campaign team have criticized the American media’s treatment of him during the election campaign. He has accused many news and media businesses of supporting the Democratic Party’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The 90-minute-long Facebook Live program also carried video of Trump’s campaign event in Florida Monday night.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump is shown on TV monitors in the media filing room on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during the last 2016 U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas, U.S., Oct. 19, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump is shown on TV monitors in the media filing room on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during the last 2016 U.S. presidential debate in Las Vegas, U.S., Oct. 19, 2016.

The launch of the program made some people wonder whether Trump might create a television channel or network if he loses the election. But the hosts of the show quickly noted that this was not the beginning of “Trump TV,” and blamed the media for “spinning” that idea.

More than 1.4 million people watched the first Trump Tower Live. It has been shared more than 40,000 times. Many people praised the new program and wrote that they had voted early for Trump. Most Americans plan to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Trump Tower Live will air every night for the next two weeks at 2230 UTC.

And that’s What’s Trending Today.

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skyscraper - n. a very tall building in a city

skew - v. to change (something) so that it is not true or accurate

network - n. a group of radio or television stations that usually broadcast the same programs

spin - v. to describe (something, such as an event) in a certain way in order to influence what people think about it