Republican presidential hopeful, the shy and understated Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple gear until the tech company agreed to help the US government unlock the iphone of one of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting.
He called for Apple fans and potential customers to “Boycott Apple until such time as it gives that information”.
Trump made the off-the-cuff comment a day before the state’s nominating contest.
Of course the Tame Apple Press were not going to let him get away with that. They pointed out that Trump uses an iPhone.
Trump later posted on Twitter that he used both an iPhone and a Samsung device. “If Apple doesn’t give the information to the authorities on the radical Islamic terrorists, I’ll only be using a Samsung – until such time as it gives the information,” Trump tweeted.
“Hopefully others will follow suit. Our country needs and should demand security. It is time to get tough and be smart!”
Senior Apple executives told their chums in the press that they felt they were in good company given the other groups and people Trump has criticised in the past. They trotted out the same line that encryption was a way to protect Apple customers’ rights, even though they know that this is not what the court case is about.
Trump has previously been critical of Apple, which has its headquarters in Cupertino, California, for not producing enough of its products in the United States.
“We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries,” Trump said in a January speech at Liberty University in Virginia.
Apple is resisting US government demands that it unlock an iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino last December.
Trump made his comments as the US Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to force Apple to comply with a judge’s order for the company to unlock the phone, portraying the tech company’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.”