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Trump Supporters Are Turning Against Him for Selling Out Their Internet Privacy

Donald Trump’s supporters, particularly alt-right nerds, are not happy about their beloved leader’s support for a bill designed to kill internet privacy.

The Death of Internet Privacy

Earlier this week, Congressional Republicans passed a bill that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and sell users’ private data, like their browsing history, without their consent. This data could then be used by private corporations for targeted advertising and market research. The bill represents the sacrifice of internet privacy on the altar of corporate greed.

The White House announced that Donald Trump would sign the bill into law.

Naturally, many people are upset about this. Most of us look at things (i.e. porn) on the internet that we really don’t want other people to know about.

Max Temkin, creator of the popular Cards Against Humanity game, has vowed revenge. He announced a plan to buy the browser history of every congressman and congressional aide and publish them.

But those of us who don’t have deep pockets and vast resources can’t carry out a plan of ironic retribution.

The Burning of MAGA Hats

Among Trump-supporting netizens, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Many younger Trump supporters have strong libertarian leanings, so this loss of control over their own data must feel particularly painful.

And Trump’s alt-right fans probably watch a lot of gross porn that they don’t want anyone else to know about.

The Daily Dot ventured into the cesspool of r/The_Donald, an alt-right Reddit community devoted to Donald Trump.

Naturally, there’s a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth here. Conservative Redditors hate the bill. The Daily Dot writes:

“I am against anything and anyone that can track and sell my internet browser history,” reads one popular comment. Another commenter adds, “It makes me uncomfortable.”

“It’s taking us in the wrong direction,” writes one user in a popular comment. “We should be limiting the kind of data, not just saying ‘Hey those apps get more data then I doooo Not fair!’ Then say here you go Comcast, Verizon, and other companies that have been known to screw us over all the time. We’re going to give you power over us even more.”

It’s comforting to know that everyone, everywhere on the political spectrum hates Comcast.

Still, despite their hatred for the bill, many Donaldites refuse to give up hope. Despite the White House’s announcement that it would support the bill, these alt-right acolytes still hold out hope that Trump will veto it.

Even if he does veto it, they seem determined not to blame him. They’d rather blame “corruption” from some vague outside entity.

Breitbart commenters aren’t happy either, as one journalist found out:

Some are even vowing to switch teams:

Of course, Trump’s support for the bill shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. He’s a billionaire, and he’s going to do things that benefit other billionaires at the expense of common people. That’s what billionaires do.

And he’s never been in favor of internet freedom. He openly announced a plan to “close down” the internet back in 2015.

Will They Learn Anything?

Could this represent a turning point for Trump supporters? Could this be what wakes them up to the fact that the Orange One is not on their side? Let’s hope so.

 

(Featured image by scyther5 via iStock)

  • Red47 Celebrating 45

    This is where those of us who hoped he would crush the GOPe realize our hopes are crushed. Welcome to the oligarchy.