HALLMARK, N.H. — After a night of political theatrics, Donald Trump has turned to one of his signature campaign strategies: a quick selfie.
The presumptive GOP nominee for president has done the thing more times than the Kardashians, and with more than 1.6 million people taking selfies with him during the campaign, Trump is likely to repeat the feat for the November election.
“If I can make one of them, I’ll do it,” Trump told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The photo-taking phenomenon has become a staple of the presidential campaign, and Trump is not alone in its popularity.
On Tuesday night, Trump said that the selfie trend will continue into the general election.
Trump’s campaign has had success taking selfies of him and his wife Melania, even after a series of controversies.
“The selfie was the big news on Tuesday night,” Trump said, “and I thought it was great because I like to have pictures of my family.”
In a tweet Monday, the Trump campaign said that it will continue to take selfies of the president-elect and his family, even as the FBI probe into possible ties between the campaign and Russia is underway.
The campaign also released a video Tuesday morning, with Trump taking a quick snap of himself and his son Barron at his New York City apartment building, as well as the White House and the Capitol.
But the campaign said Trump’s use of the selfie was not in response to the Russia probe.
“While President-elect Trump is making the rounds to talk to you, he’s not making any of the major decisions about his Cabinet or any of his other appointments,” the video said.
“Instead, he is taking photos of himself with his son and Barron.”
Trump and his aides say they have not decided whether to take photos of the family.
“It’s one of those things where I would love to, but I’m not really comfortable doing it, ” Trump said in an interview Tuesday night.
The Republican nominee, who is known for his quick-wittedness and willingness to play the political game, has also begun taking selfies at his campaign events.
“When I’m on the stump, it’s usually with the camera on me, so there’s always a little bit of a camera on,” Trump says in the video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times.
“But I don’t know if you can call it a selfie.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump’s official Twitter account was still tweeting photos of him holding a microphone and a camera in his hand.
But many of the pictures show him holding his phone, or posing with his phone in a hand.
“Hey @realDonaldTrump, you took the best selfie you can.
I think you should tweet it,” one tweet read.
Another picture shows Trump sitting with a photo of his daughter Ivanka, his wife, next to the White Senate building in Washington, D.C. The photos are often accompanied by quotes from his campaign, or his campaign’s own statements, with the hashtag #POTUSpic.twitter.com/QXaD6m2z4pJ — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) October 13, 2020 In the video below, Trump says that he and his campaign have not yet decided whether or not to take any of those selfies.
Trump has previously made a point of taking selfies during his campaign rallies, and has even gone as far as taking his own selfie at a rally.
The GOP nominee, though, has faced criticism for using his phone to take pictures during rallies.
In September, after his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a reporter at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump tweeted a selfie of himself standing behind his wife at a Trump rally in North Carolina.
“I’m here, Corey.
I can’t wait to see all of you in person,” he wrote in the tweet.
“You’re going to love my wife Melania.”
The next day, Lewandowski was charged with assaulting another reporter, this time after the incident at a Milwaukee news conference in which he repeatedly referred to the candidate as a “n—-r.”
Trump has said that he did not break any law and has also said that his campaign has not broken any laws, though some have questioned whether the campaign broke any laws.
Trump is also seen taking selfies on a plane at times during his presidential campaign.
On Monday, Trump flew from Miami to Washington, where he will attend a rally in the Capitol building.
The Associated Statesman reported that Trump also took a selfie during the flight.