Transcript: Here are words Trump just used to talk about 'the cyber'

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The following is an unedited transcript of Donald Trump talking about "the cyber" at the first 2016 presidential debate, courtesy of our friends at Vox. (You can read the full transcript here.) Try to comprehend it at your own risk.

Lester Holt, Moderator: Our next segment is called securing America. We want to start with a 21st century war happening every day in this country, our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is who's behind it and how do we fight it?

Donald Trump: I do want to say that I was just endorsed and more are coming next week, it will be over 200 admirals. Many of them are here, admirals and generals endorsed me to lead this country. That just happened. And many more are coming. And I'm very proud of it. In addition, I was just endorsed by the ICE. So when Secretary Clinton talks about I'll take the admirals and generals any day over the political hacks.

Look at the mess that we're in. Look at the mess that we're in. As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said, we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't know if we know it was Russia who broke into the DNC.

She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was. It could also be China, it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds. You don't know who broke into DNC, but what did we learn? We learn that Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of by your people. By Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Look what happened to her. But Bernie Sanders was taken advantage of. Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don't know, because the truth is, under President Obama we've lost control of things that we used to have control over. We came in with an internet, we came up with the internet.

And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a, it is a huge problem. I have a son.

He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly do-able. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing, but that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester and certainly cyber is one of them.


She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia. Maybe it was. It could also be China, it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds

I want to smoke what he’s smoking

more like snort

well, it could be !

it could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds

That is really not an ergonomic way for the hacker to do the hacky things in the cyber. Unless what’s he’s advocating is a good task chair, then I’d agree.

Not sure what weight has to do with it except that Trump is an asshole.

well you don’t expect someone that weighs 400 pounds to be effective at anything. thats his point.

yeah hes an asshole.

Whatever it is, even James Clapper admitted that neo-MacCarthyist rhetoric aside, there is no evidence of any particular party being responsible for the DNC hack.

Looks like I picked the right debate to start sniffing glue…


Hey, he could be right. The bed could, indeed, weigh 400 pounds. Wouldn’t want to have to lump that thing upstairs to install in the bedroom.

Maybe a state sponsored level skill of hack is a 400 pound dude! Everyone look anywhere but Russia which all our cybersecurity guys are pointing to!

Sure, I’d like better relations to resume with Russia as well, but it’s definitely getting weird how he tries to swerve anything against them.

I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable.

Every time someone talks about technology and how good their young children are with it, I’m pretty sure they’re belittling my career.

I mean, I don’t talk to architects about how good my nephew is with Lego.

My 10 year old son rides the bus like a pro. Waves his arm to hail it, presses the dinger to make it stop. Incredible. If I’m elected president he will be in charge of engineering our buses and trains

This is flawless.


What Trump said here is that he sucks at tech, that he does not understand it, and also that he’s too arrogant to admit it so he prefers belittling tech.

they both suck at tech #privateservers

That to me would suggest quite the opposite. What luddite has a private email server? One is clueless about tech, the other is fairly savvy but did something she shouldn’t have.

well either she’s tech savvy and a total fool for just setting one up in her basement, or she’s not that foolish and whoever managing her tech fucked up

Either that or the next generation, as in everything in the history of ever, advances beyond where we reached be it by a single step or by leaps and bounds… they’re kinda starting off in an advanced position by having greater access to the things.

True, but I don’t think many ten-year-olds have a firm grasp on things like security, programming, or even basic device troubleshooting. Sure, kids know that tapping on a thing will do a thing, but having a basic understanding of technology does not make one a professional.

Again, no one says "We need to improve the quality of our surgeons. My child is really good with scissors. It’s amazing."

Source: I am an adult who works for a company that provides tech support to multiple PreK-8 school districts.

Exactly. People of Trump’s age see his son using Facebook and Twitter and maybe knowing a few keyboard shortcuts on Windows as "being good with computers". Who knows, perhaps his son has even built a computer himself. But I can guarantee you that using his 10 year old son as an example of people who are good with computers is insulting to everyone who makes "the cyber" actually happen.

Yeah, but the people making the cyber are 400lbs, just sitting around. Maybe it’s an ex-miss universe contestant. I dunno, many many people are saying that I think that this might be true. Don’t fact check please.

Yes, you are correct – but these are the differentiations that need to be made – as the professional side of this is simply one that will continue to advance as technology does. It isn’t a stretch to say my 5 year old son is more adept with technology than I was at 5 – and likely any 5 year old today that’s had any exposure to it or any field. And we don’t say those things to such large audiences, especially not the scissors thing – but they certainly are items that are tracked. It’s funny you mention that. A big difference between these are that scissors today are identical to scissors when we were children, and it’s simply learning the manual dexterity to work them.

Technology evolves and where we’ve advanced to today is their starting point where ours – for me only 30 years ago in K – was non existent. I didn’t have a computer at home until I was 14, and none in the classroom as it was all computer lab stuff… a few Apple II’s in a room where we played Oregon Trail and later Carmen Sandiego… Now imagine how spectacular that would appear to a 70 year old man seeing how a 10 year old interacts with technology. The sky is the limit right now in the broad sense for "technology" and all that encompasses… including for surgeons.

Now imagine how spectacular that would appear to a 70 year old man seeing how a 10 year old interacts with technology.

But they shouldn’t be. A person who is capable of reasoning can certainly notice that growing up with technology makes one more comfortable with it, but I wouldn’t think that a random kid who has their driver’s license can build and design a commercially viable vehicle.

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