Trump Archive launched with TV clips to track president-elect’s ‘evolving statements’

Now who did Donald Trump say was going to pay for that wall?

That’s where the Trump Archive comes in. It has 700-plus televised speeches, debates, news broadcasts and more about the president-elect.

The Internet Archive launched the archive this week, calling it a work in progress.

“We hope to provide assistance for those tracking Trump’s evolving statements on public policy issues,” Nancy Waltzman, managing editor of the Internet Archive’s Television Archive, said in a blog post Thursday.

For example, a search for “Mexico wall” yields 161 results, with many videos of Trump saying Mexico would pay for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico that the president-elect promised during his campaign.

Of course, there’s Twitter, too, where Trump chooses to dwell. In fact, he tweeted early this morning about that wall, and who will supposedly pay for it, after a report that the president-elect will instead ask American taxpayers to cough up the money.

But the Trump Archive emphasizes content that’s been fact-checked by, PolitiFact and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, according to Waltzman.

“The video is searchable, quotable, and shareable on social media,” Waltzman said. She also said the archive can be a source of video for creative uses: “comedy, art, documentaries, wherever people’s inspiration takes them.”

The Internet Archive, the San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been backing up the Internet for decades and is responsible for gems such as the Wayback Machine, also recently announced that it would back up its archive to Canada, saying in the wake of the election of Trump that it is preparing “for a Web that may face greater restrictions.”

For the record, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said “there is no way” his country will pay for the wall, although video of that was not in the Trump Archive.


Above: Screen shot of the Internet Archive’s Trump Archive.



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