The Republican nominee for the US Senate in Nevada is asking his constituents to give him a call before he votes on the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills.
Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the bills and to let states and localities decide on their own how to deal with their own internet laws.
On Wednesday, Trump said he would sign a resolution to that effect on Twitter, adding, “I am calling today to ask you to vote NO on SOPA/PIPA.
I think we should start a new chapter in America’s history.
I am calling now to ask your help.””
We have a lot of work to do, but we have the right way of doing it.
I am calling now to ask your help.”
Trump’s stance on the two bills came amid speculation that he would vote for the legislation as it stands, but not in a fashion that would leave the Internet vulnerable to online attacks.
In a post on Twitter that morning, Trump wrote, “After more than 2 months of hearings, a Senate hearing and many more days of talks, we have come to the conclusion that SOPA &PIPAA are bad bills.
They would have disastrous effects on our economy, our economy will collapse, and we will be left holding the bag.
We will lose jobs, we will lose innovation, and I am asking for your vote today to save America’s economy and our jobs.”
In a follow-up tweet, Trump reiterated his stance, writing, “If you agree with my call for a vote today, please share it and call your Senators and let them know that SOR/PAA is a bad bill.
I will be voting NO on these terrible bills.”
The comments were the first by a presidential candidate since Trump announced his support for the bills.
Trump has been in the spotlight for several days since he tweeted out a video calling for the government to “shut down” Twitter and threatening to “bring down” the social media platform.
Trump said in the video that he had made a decision about his Twitter account, which has been under the control of the company since January and has received more than 3 million retweets and comments.
He called for shutting down the platform.
“I said, I’m going to be putting up a sign in my house that says ‘Twitter is not for sale,’ and I’m shutting down Twitter, I mean, I am shutting down it.
And I’m not just doing it for political reasons,” Trump said in a Wednesday interview with the New York Times.”
We are doing it because it’s not working and we are putting people at a disadvantage.
It’s not going to work.
And people are going to come after Twitter.”
Trump also tweeted that the SOPA bill would “kill jobs, hurt the economy, and have a chilling effect on innovation and free speech online.”
“If you want to kill jobs, you can do it by cutting funding for education, the arts, and other vital public programs, by defunding the NSA and other intelligence agencies, by shutting down websites, by freezing credit cards, by stopping foreign banks from investing in our companies, by forcing companies to pay us more taxes, by imposing massive regulations on companies, and by blocking online news and other news sites, including the New Yorker, from the web.
All of this can be done in the coming weeks.
But don’t try it.
You will only kill jobs.
You can’t stop jobs by putting them at a competitive disadvantage,” Trump wrote.”
But I am the only one who can stop the bad bill that would kill jobs and hurt the jobs of hard-working Americans,” Trump added.
In his post on Wednesday, he also said that he wanted to “do a little bit of negotiating” with his Republican colleagues to make sure they supported the bills in the Senate.
“And I think I am going to get a call on this very issue soon,” Trump tweeted.
“If I am unable to reach agreement with my Republican colleagues, I will let the voters decide.”
Earlier this week, the White House told the Wall Street Journal that Trump was considering whether to sign a petition to urge the Republican-led Congress to reject the bills outright.