Donald Trump Says Online Popularity More Powerful Than Wealth

By Eve Peyser on at

In a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night, Donald Trump credited the success of his campaign to his following on social media.

“The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” the president-elect told Leslie Stahl.

Trump’s campaign had hundreds of millions less than Clinton’s, and chose to spend a good portion of its money in non-traditional ways, like on hats. Throughout his campaign, Trump found himself at the centre of many, many social media scandals. For example:

“I think that social media has more power than the money they spent,” Trump said. (It’s true. Hillary Clinton spent over a billion dollars on her campaign. 1.3 billion dollars can’t buy an election.) Seems like it’s a rare moment where the president-elect might actually be right. [The Verge]