Donald Trump Calls For 'Closing That Internet Up'

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By Keith Wagstaff

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has an idea for stopping ISIS from communicating online. He wants to close the Internet.

"We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet," Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in South Carolina.

"We have to go 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 way."

ISIS has been known for recruiting members online. After the Paris terror attacks, concerns over terrorists using encrypted software led messaging app Telegram to shut down ISIS-related channels.

Still, no other presidential candidate or intelligence official has advocated for "closing" the Internet -- and it's unclear what such an action would mean for a technology that underlies much of the modern economy.

Trump continued, "Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people."

The comments came on the same day that Trump trashed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Twitter. He called the Washington Post, which Bezos owns, a tax shelter for Amazon.

Bezos, who joined Twitter last month, fired back by suggesting that his private space company launch Trump into space.