Speaking at the same event where he called for a "complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the US as part of plans to defeat jihadist groups, Trump said that something needed to be done to stop the online radicalization of people.
— Rob Forbes (@RobForbesDJ) December 4, 2015
"We've got to maybe do something with the internet," Trump said, adding that he would get in contact with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to see if he could look into "closing it up."
In reference to recent terrorism and radicalization of people through online platforms, Trump said that children in America are "watching the internet and they want to be masterminds."
Think we should rename Donald Trump, Trumplestiltskin. If you say his name 3 times he appears and says something utterly moronic.— Abigail Damms (@ninetimesfined) December 8, 2015
"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," Trump said.
Trump's comments were widely ridiculed by people on social media, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hitting back at criticism directed towards him by suggesting Donald Trump should be sent to space.
The comments about turning off the internet cap off a long list of controversial remarks made by the presidential hopeful, who previously suggested that Muslims in the US should wear specific ID badges.
How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad. https://t.co/hFO0XmOpPH— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 8, 2015
Trump also caused outrage when he referred to Mexicans in the US as "rapists" and pledged to build a wall between the two countries, suggesting Mexico will actually pay for it.
at this point, donald trump is a more successful internet meme than presidential candidate— a (@WlSHINGS) November 28, 2015