Donald Trump ‘Open’ to ‘Closing’ Parts of the Internet to Fight ISIS
Donald Trump embarrassed himself again when he suggested on Tuesday that he would be willing to close parts of the Internet to combat ISIS.
His statements demonstrate how little he understands how the Internet works and how overstated ISIS’ recruiting capabilities are.
“I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody,” Trump said. “I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet. Yes, sir. I am.”
“ISIS is recruiting through the internet. ISIS is using the internet better than we are using the Internet and it was our idea,” Trump said Tuesday. “What I wanted to do is I wanted to get our brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS cannot do what they’re doing.”
ABC News reports:
Later in the debate, he seemed to narrow his answer.
“We’re not talking about closing the Internet. I’m talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq. Where ISIS is,” Trump said. “Spotting it. Now, you could close it. What I like even better than that is getting our smartest and getting our best to infiltrate their Internet.”
Boos erupted from the audience and Trump appeared to be surprised by the reaction.
“I just can’t imagine somebody booing,” he said. “These are people that want to kill us, folks. And you’re objecting to us infiltrating their conversations? I don’t think so.”
Trump first made the suggestion to restricts parts of the Internet last Monday, when he first announced his policy to ban Muslims entering the U.S at a rally in South Carolina.
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