By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Anonymous, the notorious hacker group, has reportedly pledged to once again to take on Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, an alleged Anonymous representative posted a video on YouTube saying, "Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing." He put a call out to the audience saying, "We need you to shut down his campaign and sabotage his brand." The statement is followed by a series of clips showing Trump saying things which have been controversial such as, reportedly insulting Fox host Megyn Kelly, seeming to mock a reporter with a disability and commenting on how sexy his daughter is.
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) March 15, 2016
The video then follows with a "call to arms," which invited anyone with a computer to spread the word and participate in "Operation Trump," by using the hashtag, #OpTrump. The video ends with a message which invites "everyone to target" and bring down TrumpChicago.com, a website for his luxury hotel, on April 1. It also plans to target Trump’s personal and business sites like donaldjtrump.com, trump.com, trumphotelcollection.com. The candidate's online presidential sites will also be under fire including donaldtrump2016online.com and citizensfortrump.com.
This is the second time Trump has reportedly been targeted by the group. Anonymous allegedly posted a message to the GOP candidate in 2015 regarding his comments on Muslims. Anonymous is known for targeting people who they perceive to be promoting hate speech. The group released the names of multiple elected officials who were members of the KKK or affiliated groups.
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 5, 2015
The post stated that they “hope Operation KKK will, in part, spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and freedom of expression, across group lines. Public discourse about these topics can be honest, messy, snarky, offensive, humbling, infuriating, productive, and serious all at once.”
Anonymous also recently pledged to take on ISIS. In a statement released in December, the group wrote, “ISIS is small state that brutally censors visiting journalists and its own people. As such it must be opposed. The question is in what manner should it be opposed.”
Watch as Jesse Ventura speaks with Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman as she shares her unique insights after spending six years studying and communicating with Anonymous:
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