President Biden posted on TikTok for the first time Sunday with a Super Bowl-themed question and answer, signaling what could be a push for the youth vote in his re-election campaign.
The 30-second video showed Biden at home watching the Super Bowl, listing a list of questions about the game. The caption jokingly read, “lol, hi guys.”
Prodded by a rapid-fire staffer, he refused to choose a side between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, instead pledging allegiance to the first lady's Philadelphia Eagles.
Biden also laughed off a question asking who to vote for president, himself or former President Donald Trump. Not surprisingly, he chose himself.
More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers use TikTok, but the platform has come under fire from Republicans. Congress has criticized the app's parent company, ByteDance, for its potential ties to the Chinese government.
The White House has leveraged TikTok before, but never directly, by broadcasting messages about COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine to creators, as well as hosting creators at the White House itself.
The Biden campaign's launch on the app could mark an effort to win over young voters, the app's largest audience.
The Republican Party's main rival, Nikki Haley, has openly called on the US government to ban the app, citing risks to young people's mental health and concerns about the influence of the Chinese government.
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