Trump is ready to build a wall — not just around the country, but around the Internet. During the final Republican Presidential Debate of 2015, Donald Trump clarified his earlier remarks of closing down ‘that Internet thing’ to stop ISIS. He wants to limit access to the Web to better control ISIS recruiting, even if no one else agrees with him.
Donald Trump has a very specific plan for taking down ISIS: banning their Internet access! At the last republican presidential debate of 2015, held December 15 in Las Vegas, Trump vowed that, if elected president in 2016, he would take down the terrorist group in no time with the help of the top minds in Silicon Valley. Even the other candidates were giving him some serious side-eye on this one.
“We should be able to penetrate the internet and find out exactly where ISIS is,” Trump said. “I don’t want them using our Internet to take our young, impressionable youth. ISIS is recruiting through the Internet. ISIS is using the Internet better than we are using the Internet.”
It’s a curious plan, especially because restricting Internet access to citizens is something that China and North Korea have done, and have been widely criticized for. Trump has expressed innumerable times his disdain for China, and now he’s proposing a policy for the United States that mimics one of their most despised!
During the debate, fellow candidate Rand Paul disagreed with Trump’s plan, telling him that he would have to revoke the First Amendment (Freedom of Speech), in order to put his plan into practice. That did not bode well with Trump. The “freedom of speech,” issue, which Trump emphasized in air quotes, isn’t an issue of all; if ISIS members are recruiting Americans through the Internet, then the Internet is a major problem. As Trump also said, “I would certainly be open to closing [the Internet] in areas where we are at war with somebody.” It’s very unclear how he would be able to restrict Internet access in other countries, but he’ll figure that out!
“They can kill us, but we can’t kill them?” Trump said, slamming back at Paul when he invoked US citizen’s First Amendment rights. That section of the debate certainly ended there; the crowd booed loudly.
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