Freedom of speech / Trump

* Trump made a comment vaguely expressing that he wants to censor the


”We’re losing a lot of people because of the internet,” Trump

said. “We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that

really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about,

maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some ways.

Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These

are foolish people.”’

He even mocked people that do not want the Internet censored in that

statement. The ‘areas’ he is talking about might be countries, since

he has said that he wants to shut off the Internet to certain

countries that are terrorist-controlled.

* Trump made another vague comment about censorship, this time saying

that he wants to ‘open up’ libel laws:

“One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do and

we’re certainly leading. I’m going to open up our libel laws so

when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles,

we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those

libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is

a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for

other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money

instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally


— Foreign policy —

* Trump has said that we need to ‘take out’ the family members of


“It’s a horrible thing. They’re using them as shields. But we’re

fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with

the terrorists, you have to take out their families”

“They, they care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say

they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their


He has said that ‘take out’ means destroy the homes of the

terrorists’ families:

‘We’re going to have to do what Israel was doing for a period of

time. ‘Take out’ means you have to wipe out their homes where they

came from.’

Not as bad as killing them, but still pretty bad.

* ‘Trump has called for the reintroduction of waterboarding and “a

hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”’.

* Trump wants to take over oil fields in Iraq that he _thinks_ are

owned by ISIS and possibly wants to use ground troops to do it:

‘Well you bomb the hell out of them and then you encircle it, and

then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil

companies go in. Once you take that oil they have nothing left.’

That statement was after O’Reilly asked ‘With ground troops?’.

* Of course, as implied by the above, Trump wants to continue fighting

against ISIS. This is certainly not exclusive to him, though. To be

fair, besides the above stuff, Trump seems to be less war-mongering

than the usual, or at least not more so.

— Surveillance —

* Trump said ‘I want surveillance of certain mosques, O.K.?’ Like with

much of what Trump has said, this comment is not entirely clear. How

would he determine the mosques to spy on?

* Trump on Snowden:

‘”This guy is a bad guy,” Trump said. “You know there is still a

thing called execution. You really have thousands of people with

access to the kind of material like this. We’re not going to have a

country any longer.”’

This is also a free speech issue.

— Immigration —

* Trump wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico. I think the

borders should probably be open, so I am against this. It would also

be expensive, though he claims that he would make Mexico pay for it.

* Trump has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US. He

said that he wants to have a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims

entering the U.S.’. This is hostile to freedom of religion.

— Economics —

* Trump is a protectionist and supports implementing a tariff against

products imported from China: ‘”I would tax China on products coming

in,” Mr. Trump said. “I would do a tariff, yes — and they do it to


— Gun rights —

* Trump did not outright speak against the gun ban for no-fly list


‘”Well, I’d certainly take a look at it. I would,” Trump said on

CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I’m very strong into the whole thing with

Second Amendment — but if you can’t fly, and if you’ve got some

really bad — I would certainly look at that very hard.”’

This is also a due process issue.

— Miscellaneous —

* Trump is a supporter of eminent domain:

‘”I think eminent domain for massive projects, for instance you’re

going to create thousands of jobs and you have somebody that’s in

the way. Eminent domain, they get a lot of money,” Trump said.

“And you need a house in a certain location because you’re going to

build this massive development that’s going to employ thousands of

people or you’re going to build a factory that without this little

house, you can’t build the factory. I think eminent domain is


* Trump said ‘I’m fine with affirmative action’.