Perhaps there was a time, in a not too distant past, when Donald Trump thought before he opened the hole in the middle of his face, but that time is long gone. Often compared to a one person internet comment section, Trump’s only value is shock.
His latest comment is perhaps his most ridiculous one yet, even though it’s probably not provoking violence, unless Redditors somehow got organized. Trump wants to kill the internet and he wants to engage the help of Bill Gates.
At a campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump said:
We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet.
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.
I’m pretty sure I can speak for Bill Gates when I say he has no desire to close up the internet, and frankly, neither does Trump. Would he exist if it weren’t for Twitter?
Sure, terrorists do use the internet as a recruitment tool and perhaps cutting off their internet access would affect their ability to recruit, but even Bill Gates (who, Donald Trump, does not run the internet) wouldn’t know how to flip a switch and cut off internet connections for only terrorists. If it was that easy, hackers would cease to be a problem.
The most frightening thing about Trump’s comment is that he’s willing to throw away all our civil liberties in exchange for the illusion of safety.
Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.
Now, that’s not to say Trump’s idea doesn’t have seeds of truth to it. Many crimes, including terrorism, are hiding behind what’s called the “dark internet,” which allows users to hide their internet activity. The government, though, is already on that, and it won’t involve killing the internet – just the hidden internet.
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