The things that fly out of Donald Trump’s mouth sometimes. Yesterday at the republican debate, Trump suggested we “infiltrate ISIL’s internet.” Yeah, I don’t think that’s how it works, billionaire real-estate mogul.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 16, 2015
It was pretty entertaining to watch him spew off his weird idea to bring ISIL to their knees. In fact, it was so entertaining that at one point viewers could hear one of the moderators let out a semi-chuckle.
He then went on to clarify his statements.
“I’m not talking about closing the Internet,” Mr. Trump said.
“I’m talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq, where ISIS is, spotting it. Now you could close it. What I like even better is getting our smartest and getting our best to infiltrate their Internet so that we know exactly where they’re going to be. I like that better.”
After he let out that little plan, the audience decided to start booing him. Trump had a quick response to their disagreement.
“Who would be – I just can’t imagine somebody booing,” responded Trump. “These are people that want to kill us, folks, and you’re objecting to us infiltrating their conversations? I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”
Rand Paul got in on the action by mentioning the first amendment and the Geneva Convention.
“If you’re going to shut down the Internet, realize America what that entails: that entails getting rid of the First Amendment,” Paul said, “It’s no small feat. If you are going to kill the families of terrorists, realize that there’s something called the Geneva Convention we’re going to have to pull out of.”
He continued by mentioning the Constitution.
“It would defy every norm that is America, so if you ask yourself, whoever you are, if you support Donald Trump, think, do you believe in the Constitution? Are you going to change the Constitution?”
It was actually a pretty good move by Paul to turn the conversation back around to the Constitution.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 16, 2015
Many of the candidates clashed on the topic of keeping America safe after the recent shootings. Senator Cruz talked about utilizing social media as another method to scan for potential threats.
“It’s not a lack of competence that is preventing the Obama administration from stopping these attacks. It is political correctness. We didn’t monitor the Facebook posting of the female San Bernardino terrorist because the Obama DHS thought it would be inappropriate. She made a public call to jihad and they didn’t target it.”
Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard, weighed in on the issue as well.
She said, “And then we now learn that DHS says, ‘No, we can’t check their social media.’ For heaven’s sake, every parent in America is checking social media and every employer is as well. The government can’t do it? The bureaucratic procedures are so far behind.”
Ben Carson, a candidate who received a short-lived surge in polls this fall, didn’t necessarily have too great of a showing. The New York Times reports he did have this to say about his run at president.
“I have a lot of experience building things, organizing things — a national scholarship program,” Mr. Carson said. “Some people say, ‘You’re weak because you’re not loud and you’re not boisterous and you’re not rude.’ But the fact of the matter is, look and see what I’ve done, and that speaks volumes about strength.”
Getting back to Trump, following his remarks on banning Muslims, Trump’s lead in the polls surged. A Monmouth University poll has him at 41 percent, which is much higher than any other republican candidate. In fact, Ted Cruz captured just 14 percent of that poll.
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