At a rally today in South Carolina, Donald Trump called for a boycott of Apple products in response to the company's current legal standoff with the FBI. Currently the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump was speaking at a rally in advance of tomorrow's South Carolina primary. "First of all, Apple ought to give the security for that phone," Trump told a crowd of supporters. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number."
"How do you like that?" he continued. "I just thought of that."
In a tweet after the event, Trump pledged to stop using his iPhone if the company did not change its position.
I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
Trump had previously been critical of Apple's stance, telling supporters "who do they think they are?" at a rally on Wednesday, but this is the first time he had called for direct action against the company's products. He's also been widely critical of Apple's reliance on Chinese manufacturing, telling supporters in January, "We're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries."
4:34PM ET: Updated to include subsequent tweet.