Last year we were all thrilled when Anonymous, the hacktivist collective, pledged to take down ISIS through their dangerous social media webs. Now, the online vigilantes have set their sights on another target — Donald Trump.
The group issued a call to arms in a YouTube video, urging hackers to shut down Trump’s websites and expose “what he doesn’t want the public to know” on April 1. It’s a revival of a campaign that began in December, after Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
“Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing,” said a spokesman for the group, wearing the traditional Guy Fawkes mask. “Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your current audience wants to hear, but in reality you don’t stand for anything except for your personal greed and power.”
Trump’s political opponents, meanwhile, have been doing their best to disrupt the campaign in a more mainstream fashion — with digital ads that call him out by name.