President Donald Trump finally unveiled his “fake news” awards on Wednesday evening, but it didn’t exactly have a smooth rollout.
Trump’s tweet plugging the awards led to a page on the GOP website, which couldn’t handle the surge in traffic and immediately crashed.
“The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up. Please try back later,” a message on the website read.
At other times, the message read: “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.”
Others saw this:
For some periods, the entire GOP website was inaccessible. At others, it was just the “blog” entries hosting the fake awards and other entries.
More than an hour after Trump’s tweet announcing the awards, the site was at times slow and other times still offline.
The GOP tweeted that “traffic is off the charts.”
Trump himself once had very different feelings about websites that crash.
In 2013, when the Affordable Care Act rollout led to widespread website outages, Trump tweeted:
While the crash attests to the interest in the “awards,” it also means the GOP couldn’t use them for one of the website’s main purposes: fundraising and soliciting email addresses and phone numbers.
The page featuring the awards included a red button for contributions as well as a signup for the party’s email and text message updates.