The 2016 Presidential Website War
I was on my way to work this morning and the radio station I typically listen to while on the road was talking about Donald Trump’s (unconfirmed) latest move on the campaign trail. JebBush.com is suspected to have been purchased by the Trump campaign and is redirecting to DonaldTrump.com. Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told the Wall Street Journal that the Trump campaign is not responsible or involved in the redirect. The privacy settings are making sure the current owner of the website stays unlisted.
My PR mind immediately went to, “what in the world is Bush’s campaign managers going to do with that?!”. But after doing a little digging, I come to find out that this certainly isn’t the first domain name purchase causing trouble.
The website wars seems to have hit Bush hard during his campaign. He doesn’t own or control JebBushForPresident.com or JebBushForPresident.net — neither of which are too fond of the candidate. JebBushForPresident.com is owned and run by a bearded gay couple. And, well… there isn’t an easy way to explain JebBushForPresident.net.
To add to the shenanigans, after the Iowa Caucuses the URL Loser.com was redirecting to Trumps Wikipedia entry. If you happen to type in TrumpDonald.org, you’d find yourself on a very strange website that features Trump and a Trumpet. (You’ll just have to look for yourself…). Trump and Bush aren’t the only ones dealing with some website issues.
Ted Cruz has been using TedCruz.org for his entire campaign, but take a look at what happens if you click on TedCruz.com. And to give you a good laugh, go take a look at the creativity of TedCruzForAmerica.com. You’ll get quite a giggle.
HillaryClinton2016.com is a website resembling The Huffington Post that apparently is owned by a 66-year-old factory worker.
You get your choice of between Bernie Sanders and Bernie Lomax on BernieSandersForPresident.com. Then you have ElectBernie.com that specifically talks about a New York defensive driving course — interesting.
People are going out of their way to purchase domain names for potential candidate and then selling them to the highest bidder. The question is, should the campaigns invest in buying the domains?