Donald Trump apparently thinks Microsoft founder Bill Gates has the power to turn off the Internet in order to stop ISIS.
But Gates is not in charge of the Internet. And the fabled “Internet kill switch” doesn’t exist.
Yesterday, Trump said he wanted a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders to Muslims. Later, at a rally on board the U.S.S. Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier docked near Charleston, South Carolina, Trump outlined what else he says he’d do to take out ISIS.
We are losing a lot of people to the Internet. We have to do something. 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.
Trump then went on to predict a negative reaction to his calls for a shutdown of the Internet, but then he let us know what he really thinks of the first amendment: “Some people will say, ‘Freedom of speech, Freedom of speech,’” Trump added, before saying “These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”