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Donald Trump Takes Questions on Reddit, Appealing to Youth, Sanders Supporters

"Youth unemployment is through the roof, and millions more are underemployed. It's a total disaster!"

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Lackawanna College on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    As the Democratic National Convention prepared to receive President Barack Obama Wednesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump jumped online for an appearance of his own, answering questions from some of his most ardent supporters on Reddit.

    The platform is extremely popular among young people — it's one of the most visited sites on the internet — and Trump was asked what he thinks is the greatest issue facing young people in the United States.

    "The question most young people ask me is about the rising cost of education, terrible student debt and total lack of jobs," Trump wrote in response. "Youth unemployment is through the roof, and millions more are underemployed. It's a total disaster!"

    Trump answered 11 other questions of the hundreds that were asked on a range of topics including political corruption, Hillary Clinton and space exploration. Trump kept most of his answers brief, and many repeated statements he's made on the campaign trail before.

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    Most high-profile "Ask Me Anything" sessions are posted on a dedicated Reddit page for them, but Trump's was hosted on a pro-Trump user-created subreddit called The_Donald that attracts millions of views each month, racking up nearly 52 million page-views in March alone, according to MSNBC.

    The page, run by anonymous moderators, is unaffiliated with the Trump campaign. The "AMA" was not open to new users and moderators were quick to delete questions from posters who were deemed to be not true supporters.

    Among his answers, Trump attempted to make his case for why Bernie Sanders supporters should vote for him instead of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    "Though Bernie is exhausted and has given up on his revolution, many of his voters still want to keep up the fight. I expect that millions of Bernie voters will refuse to vote for Hillary because of her support for the War in Iraq, the invasion of Libya, NAFTA and TPP, and of course because she is totally bought and sold by special interests," he said, saying his campaign welcomes "all voters who want an honest government and to fix our rigged system."

    Trump revealed his presidential role models: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.