Donald Trump assassination donations are reportedly currently being received on the dark web, also known as Darknet, according to a report from CSO, an affiliate of IDG (Internet Data Group) Enterprise.
A link for the donation website is provided, though because it's only available on the dark web, the average internet user will likely have trouble accessing it.Vice president-elect Mike Pence's assassination is also allegedly being called for by the website creators, and according to the report, it appears the group's justification in asking for Donald Trump assassination donations is that they believe too much power in the hands of Trump and Pence will have a devastating impact on the country.
"'As you are all well aware, the consequences of having Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the leaders of the free world is extremely dangerous. The political, environmental and social consequences will change the United States for the worst,' the website says."The author of the message does not provide any information to support his or her outlook regarding a Trump presidency, but the message is not something the general populace has not heard before. Prior to Election Day, Donald's main opponent Hillary Clinton said she thought he was the most dangerous person ever to run for president of the United States, as reported by U.K.'s Independent. Of course, Clinton never advocated for a Donald Trump assassination.
The donation website features a symbolic image of a Donald Trump assassination, as a photo of the president-elect is shown with a see-through bullseye overlay, as if you were looking at him through the lens of a sniper rifle.
Whoever penned the main message on the donation home page claims to be a part of a network of elite government and law enforcement individuals who wish to see a Donald Trump assassination through to the end. He or she writes that "unfortunately," in order to successfully execute the plan, a great deal of money is required for assassination-related paraphernalia and services as well as for purposes of extortion.
Visitors of the domain are given the option to pledge money anonymously, though this begs the question, does anonymity really exist on the internet? Does it exist on the dark web?
The platform accepting Donald Trump assassination donations is Bitcoin, and CSO determined that since March this specific cause has taken in upwards of $88,000. However, it's noted that just $119 has been pledged since the website's creation about a week ago.
Steve Ragan is the author of Salted Hash, the blog on CSO that featured this story, and he says that the Secret Service has been notified of the Donald Trump assassination donations Darknet website.
"The US Secret Service is aware of this domain. Salted Hash has reached out to them for comment, and will update if more information becomes available."Ragan offers his opinion on the situation at the end of his report, telling his readers that although he supports the right to protest, "murder isn't a valid form of protest," and says he believes that both Trump haters and the president-elect's supporters should be equally outraged at the website calling for the death of the billionaire businessman.
Calls for a Trump assassination by have been going on since before he won the 2016 election. In June, a young British man failed at a poorly thought out assassination plot in Las Vegas. In the immediate aftermath of Donald's victory, the New York Post reported on a huge uprising of anti-Trump advocates publicizing their desire for his death throughout social media, most notably on Twitter.
Is it these people who are funding the Donald Trump assassination donation cause, or is it the country's elite, as described by the creators of the Darknet site in their message to the page's visitors?
The Donald Trump assassination donation website may not be all that surprising to those who have been paying attention to this year's election, and it seems the more popular Trump becomes the more the threats pile up. Will it happen? And if it doesn't, will the people who wish for it ever stop talking about it? Let us know your thoughts on this issue in the comments section below.
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