With the presidential election two weeks away, Donald Trump is giving his supporters a new way to get their news — directly from him.
The Republican on Monday announced that for the remainder of the election, supporters can tune into "Trump Tower Live," his campaign's new nightly news feed, on Facebook. The coverage will broadcast on Facebook Live from Trump Tower weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Two campaign advisers, Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims, are among the hosts, along with current talk show host for conservative online publication the Blaze, Tomi Lahren. The broadcast comes after months of rumors that Trump, relentless in his criticism of "mainstream media," which he believes is trying to sabotage the election, was considering starting his own TV network.
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But the hosts were clear that "Trump Tower Live" is not the beginning of such a network, which Trump told a radio station Tuesday he has "no interest in," as Politico reported.
"This is just an effort by us to reach out to you guys, give you the message straight from the campaign," Sims said in his introduction. "You don't have to take it through the media filter and all the spin they put on it, you can hear it from us directly."
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In the debut broadcast Monday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway made an appearance to talk about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, and the election's final stretch. Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer also appeared Monday.
Sims said other Trump surrogates, as well as the Trump children, will join the show in the future. The stream ran for about 38 minutes before leading into Trump's rally in Tampa, Florida.
As of shortly before noon Tuesday, the feed had 1.4 million views. But not everyone online was enthusiastic about the foray into broadcasting — many Twitter users poked fun at the Republican presidential candidate's initiative Tuesday, using the hashtag #RejectedTrumpTVShows.
Some played on the titles of current TV shows, while others joked about the controversies that have weighed on Trump's candidacy.