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A week after saying the US should disrupt the Islamic terrorist group ISIS’ online recruiting by “closing that Internet up in some way,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was given a chance to clarify what he meant at last night’s GOP debate.
“You talk freedom of speech. You talk freedom of anything you want. I don’t want them using our Internet to take our young, impressionable youth,” Trump said at the debate. “We should be using our brilliant people, our most brilliant minds to figure a way that ISIS cannot use the Internet.”
Trump’s “our Internet” phrasing referred to the fact that Americans invented the Internet, but he said he doesn’t want to shut down the Internet in the US—only in other countries.
Debate moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked Trump if he is “open to closing parts of the Internet.” The real estate mogul and reality TV star answered, “I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our Internet. Yes, sir, I am.”
A debate transcript was published by Time.
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