Donald Trump on ISIS: “I don’t want them using our internet”

Donald Trump has expanded a little on his plans to rope in Bill Gates to help shut down parts of the internet.

Trump was grilled on his earlier comments during last night’s Republican debates, and called the question “so easy to answer.”

“ISIS is using the internet better than we are using the internet, and it was our idea,” said the Republican frontrunner and former Apprentice host – two professions which logically shouldn’t fit on the same CV.

“What I wanted to do was get our brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS cannot do what they’re doing.”

“Second, we should be able to penetrate the internet and find out exactly where ISIS is and everything about ISIS, and we can do that if we use our good people.”

Is that clear now? No? Don’t worry, he’s got more where that came from. Business International quotes Trump as responding to Rand Paul with some, uh, ‘interesting’ remarks: “As far as the internet is concerned: I’m not talking about closing the internet. I’m talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq, where ISIS is. Spotting it. Now, you could close it.”

Uh? What?

“What I like even better than that is getting our smartest and getting our best to infiltrate their internet. So that we know exactly where they’re going, exactly where they’re going to be. I like that better!”

I’m not convinved he’s quite grasped the concept of ‘the internet’. He could do with some new advisors, I reckon:

Here’s his original comments which prompted the question:

If you don’t want to hear his mesmerising tones, here’s the quote in full: “We’re losing a lot of people because of the internet. We have to 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 ways. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech’. These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”

Just imagine his little face in January 2017 when President Trump calls up a bewildered Bill Gates to press the red button. The guy is in for a huge surprise about how the world works.

Here’s an interesting one: if Trump had just invested his money, rather than made a splash in business, it’s estimated that he’d be worth $10 billion more than he is now. Still, I’ve seen enough movies to know how this ends:

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