Yes, Donald Trump Wants To Shut Down Part Of The Internet

Photo: Mike Blake/Landov.
Don't worry — it's not actually possible — but Donald Trump's proposal to "shut down" parts of the internet frequented by people with so-called "radical" ideas goes way, way too far.

This isn't the first time Trump has called for this sort of approach to the internet; he proposed the same thing last week in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings. While it is appealing to think that shutting down horrible and radical-sounding rhetoric could solve the problems of terrorism, violent misogyny, and radical racism, it's not the answer. And it just doesn't work that way — unless you live in North Korea.

Some of the most famous First Amendment legal cases in American history revolve around whether it's okay or not to shut down people with abhorrent, ugly, hateful views. Ku Klux Klan members marched in a parade through Skokie, Illinois, and they had every right to, because freedom of speech is enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Even fellow Republican candidate Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recognized it.

Trump doesn't talk about shutting down the internet for anti-woman terrorism, or terrorism against people of color. But he's fine with tarring Muslims and making sites of interest to Muslims off-limits because they might be monitored by people with radical sympathies. All of Trump's tough talk doesn't track with American civil liberties, technology's limits, or the global reach of the internet.

More from US News

California passed a law Wednesday removing the state's 10-year statute of limitations for filing of child molestation and rape charges. Governor Jerry ...
Monday night was the personification of media bias and rigged politics
Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
If you had to describe the current political climate in America, what word would you choose: volatile, toxic, or divisive? Perhaps all of the above. ...
Hillary Clinton has been a role model for our generation for years, and now she’s laying out a master class in taking on workplace sexism
1. Major News: A bill to prevent the government from shutting down and to fund the fight against Zika was stalled in the Senate. With a 45-55 vote, the...
But take heart. There won’t be a President Trump. Not if I and millions of other women in this country have anything to say about it
A young girl delivered a powerful message of peace speaking at the first Charlotte City Council meeting since violence threatened to rip the city apart ...
Hillary Clinton long ago learned to let the insults roll off her back. And in doing so, she’s uncovered Trump's Achilles' heel
Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. Sorry, Donald Trump does not believe that climate change is a hoax. Are you confused yet? I don't ...
Less than 12 hours after being criticized for calling out a former Miss Universe about her weight, Donald Trump is doubling down on his body-shaming ...
Watching the first presidential debate, I felt three things: terror, inspiration, and skepticism
"Wrong." "That makes me smart." "Why Not?" "Ugh." No, those aren't snippets of a conversation with a cranky 5-year-old. They're just a few of the ...