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/r/The_Donald was a subreddit on the website Reddit for supporters of United States president-elect Donald Trump. Members of the online community often refer to themselves as "centipedes" and have been associated with the loose conservative group known as the "alt-right". Following the ban of the subreddit on June 29th, 2020, a standalone website bearing the name was launched, accommodating the subreddit's former audience.


On June 16th, 2015, Trump formally announced his bid for the Republican primaries in the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election. On June 27th, the /r/The_Donald[1] subreddit was launched for supporters of Trump's candidacy. During the month of February 2016, /r/The_Donald became a trending subreddit four separate times, leading to an exponential increase in subscribers.[7]

News Media Coverage

The subreddit has been widely covered by a variety of major news media outlets, including The New York Times,[8] MSNBC[9] and The Washington Post.[10]



While the subreddit has a rule against racism/anti-Semitism, posts and comments expressing "Islamophobia" are not restricted. On February 10th, 2016, a /r/The_Donald moderator stickied a post announcing to "stop reporting Islamophobia" (shown below).[6]

Jesus Christ people, stop reporting Islamophobia. We don't f------ care about our "Islamophobia problem" AT ALL! (self. The Donald) submitted 9 months ago (last edited 9 months ago) by [deleted] I repeat: "We do not f------ care about islamophobia." I cringe every time I see "Not all muslims/refugees are like that" in a report. Of course they're not all like that. Nobody says they are. Hell, I'll even one up you by saying that some people who join ISIS are probably only even in it for the sweet ninja costume and don't want to kill anybody. Doesn't matter. We're gonna bomb the s--- out of them. For f---'s sake, act like an adult. If someone claims that some muslims are terrorists then ask for a source. When they can't give you any news articles proving acts of terror done by muslims, then you get to win! If they have a source, then concede your point like an adult. three. We don't care about this trivial b-------. You're all adults and can deal with this s--- on your own. They're are damn lucky that the report button is anonymous or else I'd ban them for abusing it. However, if you do something stupid to let us know you reported someone for this type of s---, then we're gonna ban you because Cruz's supporters are the p------, not Trumps. Edit: Brigade all you want p------!! Mod policy is not a f------ democracy.

Front Page

On June 13th, 2016, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced[5] that the company was making changes to its front page algorithm to promote a more diverse array of posts from a variety of subreddits, following accusations that the company had prevented /r/The_Donald posts regarding the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting from reaching the front page. On June 16th, Huffman posted a follow-up announcement, claiming that any changes to the front page algorithm were not intended to target /r/The_Donald posts. On October 27th, the front page of Reddit's /r/all view became entirely populated with posts from /r/The_Donald (shown below). The following day, Reddit admins revealed that the site's algorithms could not keep up with the pace of voting from /r/The_Donald users.[4]

ALL hot new rising controversial top gilded filter visited links show images (8) 1 Week Left To Help Make The Ultimate Indi-Esport ( comment share save hide report [+c promoted post what's this? I've had this set up forever and Yuengling wants to MAGA!!( 0 23 comments share save hide report [I+ I'm sick for being labeled far right for being against corruption and Marxism. We need to reverse that public opinion. The right word is patriot self.The Donald) submitted an hour ago by cyncsrising。to /The-Donald S comments share save hide report ↑ Oregon standoff: All defendants found not guilty These men stood tall against the overreaching over regulating Federal Government. ( submitted 2 hours ago by Bubbal 8901 to/rThe-Donald 5 comments share save hide report [I+c Tim Kaine told a year before officially announced that he was going to be VP running mate. John Podesta reaction, And here I thought it was going to be me." ( submitted 11 hours ago by Zeke Freak Oto /The Donald 2 comments share save hide report [+6 个 1? =羉Hillary's never had a comparable headline like this one (envisioningteamericandream.nes..) submitted 2 hours ago by CoCAHire to /rme-Donald i comment share save hide report [i-e) A massive portrait of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump adorned a vast cornfield near the Italian city of Verona #TRUMP2016 ( submitted 2 hours ago by topshot29 to/r/The-Donald 2 comments share save hide report [i4 After 21 years of my life I finally voted in a presidential election for the first time sef.The Donal) submitted 3 hours ago by brmilz 33 to Ir/The Donald 1 comment share save hide report LEAKED: CTR Unveiled PATHETICred) 8 3187 submitted 1 day ago by TWTHEREDDRAGON to /TheDonald NSFW 175 comments share save hide report tine Just a picture of Brit Hume's ex-girlfriend. Om submitted an hour ago by Good-Behavior-Day 4 comments share save hide report [Hc | to /r/The-Donald

Nimble America

On September 17th, 2016, moderator TehDonald of the /r/the_donald[3] subreddit submitted a post promoting the pro-Trump non-profit organization Nimble America, remarking that the community had “proven that shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real.” Meanwhile, Redditor NimbleRichMan submitted a /r/the_donald[8] post asking for help defeating Hillary Clinton by donating to Nimble America. In the comments section, Milo Yiannopoulos replied with an endorsement of /u/NimbleRichMan, claiming he knew him personally. A majority of the subreddit’s community denounced Nimble America, with many speculating that it was a scam and form of "astroturfing."


On November 23rd, 2016, Redditor OhSnapYouGotServed submitted a thread accusing Reddit admins of editing /r/The_Donald user's comments, providing screenshots of insulting comments directed at Huffman, which had been changed to insult /r/The_Donald moderators.[2] Within four days, the post gathered upwards of 32,900 votes (60% upvoted) and 7,100 comments. That day, Huffman replied to the post, admitting that he had replaced his name with /r/The_Donald moderators in several insulting comments after he grew frustrated "getting called a pedophile constantly" following the removal of the /r/pizzagate subreddit (shown below).[11]

[-] TWO BENT KNEES [A]-248 points 4 days ago" (last edited 4 days ago) @) x67 Hey Everyone, Yep. I messed with the "f--- u/spezll"comments, replacing "spez" with r/the_donald 12] mods for about an hour. It's been a long week here trying to unwind the r/pizzagatel3] stuff. As much as we try to maintain a good relationship with you all, it does get old getting called a p-------- constantly. As the CEO, I shouldn't play such games, and it's all fixed now. Our community team is pretty p----- at me, so I most assuredly won't do this again. F--- u/spez[4]

That same day, Reddit /r/Music and /r/Food moderator UnimatrixZeroOne leaked screenshots of a private chatroom for moderators and administrations, . The following day, the news site[3] published an interview with UnimatrixZeroOne about the leak, in which he expressed regret for not censoring the chat log.

Moderator Bans

On May 18th, 2017, /r/The_Donald moderator OhSnapYouGotServed posted an announcement that the Reddit staff were "trying to kill" the subreddit, urging subscribers to not perform any behaviors that could be considered rule breaking and accusing the admins of having bias against the /r/The_Donald community.[13] Meanwhile, Redditor JelloDarkness submitted a post asking "What's up with /r/the_donald 'leaving Reddit'?" to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[15] where it gathered upwards of 14,200 points (82% upvoted) and 970 comments within 48 hours. The following day, OhSnapYouGotServed was banned for 72 hours "enabling harassment of other users and interference with other communities."[14]

MESSAGE send a private message inbox sent moderator mail Your account has been suspended from Reddit for 3 days all I unread | messages | comment replies | post replies username mentions / Important notification about your account expand all collapse all -lsubreddit message via /r/ [A] sent 3 minutes ago Your account has been suspended from Reddit for enabling harassment of other users and interference with other communities. The suspension will last for 3 day (s) Be sure to read up on the Reddit content policy to make sure you understand the rules for participating on Reddit If you believe your account has been suspended in error, you can contact us by replying to this message. permalink delete repert block subreddit mark unread reply

On May 20th, /r/The_Donald moderator shadowman3001 submitted a post titled "First universities. Then the internet. Then they imprison you for your speech," revealing that the /r/The_Donald mods OhSnapYouGotServed, JesusWoreNikeSlides and Henry had been removed as moderators by Reddit administrators.[16] Shortly after, the subreddit was made private by the remaining moderators, who left a notice on the page informing viewers that they had "temporarily gone dark in a show of strength against these unfair restrictions.

You must be invited to visit this community r/The_Donald At 8:41pm ET on 5/19/2017, Reddit Admins removed three The_Donald mods without warning. This was punishment for our refusal to comply to a special set of rules that were imposed only on this subreddit and prevented our members from fully enjoying reddit or our mods from defending users against harassment. We've temporarily gone dark in a show of strength against these unfair restrictions. Check back at 9 PM EST on 5/20 for an announcement The moderators of this subreddit have set it to private. You must be a moderator or approved submitter to visit. MESSAGE THE MODERATORS

Meanwhile, a megathread about /r/the_donald was submitted to /r/OutOfTheLoop[17] by moderator awkwardtheturtle, which garnered upwards of 13,200 points (73% upvoted) and 3,100 comments within 13 hours. At approximately 1:30pm EST that day, /r/The_Donald was made public after being closed for 12 hours. In a stickied post on the subreddit, moderator Treteste announced that the remaining moderator team would not be deterred from losing their top three moderators.[12]

2019 Quarantine and 2020 Ban

On June 24th, 2019, the progressive news site Media Matters[20] published an article titled "A pro-Trump subreddit is full of calls for violence in support of Oregon Republicans," which
cited several posts made on the subreddit, including users who stated they would have “no problems shooting a cop trying to strip rights from Citizens" and that "rifles are the only way we're going to get any peace in our lives ever again."

Two days later, Redditor shadowman3001[18] posted a note to /r/The_Donald moderators from Reddit administrators, stating the community had been quarantined for “behavior in the form of encouragement of violence towards police officers and public officials in Oregon.” As part of being quarantined, users are shown a warning page requiring them to opt-in to view any content on the feed and posts on the subreddit are not shown in non-subscription-based feeds on the site.[21]

That day, The Daily Beast[19] published an article titled "Reddit ‘Quarantines’ Pro-Trump Subreddit Over Anti-Police Threats," which included a statement from a Reddit spokesperson about the incident:

"Recent behaviors including threats against the police and public figures is content that is prohibited by our violence policy. As a result, we have actioned individual users and quarantined the subreddit."

On June 29th, 2020, /r/The_donald was banned. In the following days, the website The Donald,[22] largely copying the design of the subreddit, was launched, accommodating its former audience.


Within 17 months of launch, the subreddit gained over 306,000 subscribers. During the month of November 2016, the subreddit received over 4.3 million unique visitors and 92 million pageviews.

TRAFFIC BY MONTH date uniques pageviews November 4,339,852 92,487,770 October3,630,741 76,027,666 September 2,761,719 47,875,164 August2,313,599 36,091,625 July June May April March February January December 2,723,118 45,226,654 2,645,300 40,996,522 2,681,701 48,336,316 2,732,275 46,623,146 3,213,506 51,813,427 978,686 12,578,543 1,311,250 51,825 387,454 119,100

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