After Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate, on cable and network television, Trump surrogates rushed to spin Trump’s assertion that he would not accept the results of the November election, and some cable television post-debate panels descended into screaming matches.
But on Donald Trump’s Facebook page, which had already livestreamed a pre-debate show, followed by the debate itself for a little fewer than 200,000 people, and a post-debate program full of panels, pre-recorded bits and complete with anchors and all the other trappings of a news program, an alternate reality was being established.
Proclaiming itself an antidote to the “mainstream media” which Trump has said is guilty of tipping the scales of this election against Trump and the American people and in favor of a Clintonocracy, the nearly three hours of programming on Facebook cycled through Trump surrogates, family members and former Apprentice cast members, all of whom praised Trump endlessly.
Two hosts from a conservative online media network, Right Side Broadcasting Network, hosted the pre- and post- debate show, on which the common refrain was: “The mainstream media is against us.” Another common refrain following Trump: “By far his best debate. A clear and decisive victory.” Jeff Dewitt, one of the hosts, declared it “the greatest Republican debate performance since Abraham Lincoln.”