Trump Is Wrong About Apple

Government servers get hacked. Private information gets leaked. How can the government be trusted to protect such a newfound ability? How would they secure the ability to hack into any phone? They can’t! I don’t understand how conservatives can yell for a smaller government but would argue for such a monumental governmental power.

Apple is an American company. Sure, they’re an easy company to pick on. That’s because they’re #1 in much of what they do. It’s easy to say they should make iPhones in the United States instead of China, but are people really going to pay several hundred dollars more per phone? The Mac Pro is assembled in the USA – but it’s $3000 and up. The high expense is why I own a Mac Mini and not a Mac Pro.

Why is Trump trying to destroy one of the best companies in America – especially when they’re fighting for the rights of their customers?

Yes, it’s terrible knowing that important information can be locked away on a criminal’s iPhone. Terrorists are actively trying to kill people. The FBI, and other law enforcement agencies, are standing against that hatred and insanity. The more information they have, the better they can do their jobs. Yet, if the government is granted too much power, it could easily fall into the wrong hands. Marco Rubio, another presidential candidate, had a great response…

If we passed a law that required Apple and these companies to create a backdoor, number one, criminals could figure that out and use it against you.  And number two, there’s already encrypted software that exists, not only now but in the future created in other countries.  We would not be able to stop that. 

So there would still be encryption capabilities, it just wouldn’t be American encryption capabilities but people in this country could have it.

For the most part, I do think Trump’s heart is in the right place. I believe him when he says he wants to make America great again. But after a call for a boycott on Apple, I’m starting to wonder if a President Trump would be bad for technology. Where does Trump stand on Net Neutrality? What will a President Trump mean for broadband connectivity in the United States? How would a President Trump encourage technological innovation?

Shooting from the hip is not the right answer. With South Carolina on the line, I don’t expect Trump to change his opinion in the next 24 hours. But when the dust settles, hopefully he broadens his thoughts on technology. He’s the frontrunner. He could win this. He likes winning. I like winning. We all like winning. But if Trump wins, does that mean technology loses?