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Trump Now Wants Bill Gates to ‘Close Up the Internet’ to Stop the Spread of ISIS

Donald Trump came up with a new idea to stop ISIS militants during his speech in South Carolina last night: shut down parts of the Internet.

During another Trump rambling on Islamic terrorists and criticizing the media’s coverage of Paris and San Bernardino, the mogul bemoaned how ISIS frequently uses social media to spread its propaganda and recruit militants. Now, because this is Trump, who only knows how to take measures in insanely-broad strokes, he said that the best thing to do was to talk to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and just have him turn off the internet for terrorists.

“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. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”

NBC noted that there was a lot of discussion amongst the GOP regarding the shutdown of encrypted software in order to disrupt terrorist communications. Even so, the San Bernardino gunmen were not under government terror watches before going on their rampage, and no other candidate has suggested taking the Internet down in areas en masse as a way to address the issue.

“Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech,'” Trump said as he continued. “These are foolish people.”

For those who have called Trump a fascist, it might not alleviate their anxieties to consider that Internet censorship and widespread shutdowns are the staples of societies like North Korea, Russia, Egypt and China.

Watch above, via CNN.

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