Donald Trump wants to ‘close up’ the Internet:
In a speech at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Monday, Trump referenced the use by ISIS of social media as a recruitment tool. He recommended a discussion with Bill Gates to shut off parts of the Internet.
“We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet,” Trump said. “We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”
Well, count me as one of the foolish I guess. Although not quite so foolish as to think Bill Gates runs parts of the Internet.
PS. To those offended by the headline: what else am I supposed to call it? Bullshit?
Yes, perhaps we should turn off the Internet in certain places – any place where Mr. Trump may at that time be found. We’d all be better off if his twitter feed were blocked.
The story is from 2015.
And? Does that mean that we are no longer permitted to discuss it?
No, but James has a point – it is at least possible to hope Trump read the Constitution between now then. OTOH, the flag burning comments.
In addition to Bill Gates, Trump is also rumored to be consulting with his son, who is so good with these computers it’s unbelievable.