Following the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, Donald Trump commanded the media spotlight after releasing a statement that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release said.
In his latest media bonanza, Trump suggested Bill Gates close the internet “in some way,” saying people who ask about freedom of speech are foolish.
“We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them 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.”
Pat and Stu, in for Glenn while he’s traveling, had a few things to say on the issue.
Listen to an excerpt below.
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.
PAT: I don’t know. This — this Trump thing is just — it’s phenomenal. We’re going to play some audio for you that is even more genius than — than anything else he’s said, I think.
STU: Is that possible?
PAT: I’m not sure. I’m not sure. Well, let me just play this for you. Let me just — you tell me how genius this is. Is this smarter than anything else he’s said or is it just top five?
DONALD: And we have to do something. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them 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.
PAT: Foolish people who is freedom of speech, freedom of speech. You’re foolish. Don’t say that. Yes, there’s a Constitution and a First Amendment that guarantees your freedom of speech, but you’re foolish for saying that.
STU: Look, George Washington, foolish people.
DONALD: We have a lot of foolish people. We’ve got to maybe do something with the internet because they are recruiting by the thousands.
PAT: I mean…
STU: I’m sorry. Does Bill Gates have some sort of switch? If you go to Bill Gates and say, hey, we want to shut down the Internet in certain areas, can he just do it?
PAT: Parts of it. Yeah, I think he can.
STU: Okay. Because I was not aware of that.
PAT: Yeah. Yeah, Microsoft controls the internet. You didn’t know. Everything is routed right through Seattle.
STU: Is it through Microsoft or just Bill Gates’ house?
PAT: No, you’re right. It’s not Microsoft. It’s Bill Gates’ house.
STU: It’s Bill Gates — and the people who say freedom of speech, freedom of speech, are foolish people.
PAT: Those are foolish people.
STU: Man, I don’t know what else to say. I mean, the guy never has a moment of thought about what the Constitution says. If that’s what you want as a president, obviously there’s a party that’s been delivering this for white a long time, it’s called the Democrat Party. They’re the party that doesn’t look at the Constitution and doesn’t care what it says. This is reminiscent of another Republican candidate for president who said…
LINDSEY: Free speech is a great idea. But we’re in a war.
PAT: Isn’t that the same mentality?
STU: That is. Lindsey Graham.
PAT: It’s a great idea. I mean, free speech is a great idea. But, I mean, we’re in a war. Can’t have it now.
STU: At least Graham acknowledges it’s a great idea. To Trump it’s like, freedom of speech, freedom of speech, these are foolish people.
PAT: Well, we talked about this yesterday. He doesn’t care about the Constitution. If he even knows about it, he doesn’t care.
STU: No. Never a moment of thought goes into what it does. What it’s supposed to restrict the government from doing. I mean, you think you want that as a president of the United States, a guy who will do this stuff? Think about this, all of these crazy proposals that come out from Donald Trump, what do they always have in common? They make the government more powerful. That’s what you want as a Republican nominee? Go ahead. But, I mean, that’s insanity.
PAT: I think so too. But you can’t get the Trump supporters to listen to any of this. They — they’re impervious to it.
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd at a Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the U.S.S. Yorktown December 7, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)