Can Anonymous Take Down Donald Trump?

03.15.16 1 year ago 12 Comments
trump anonymous

Getty Image/Shutterstock

Anonymous has declared total war on Donald Trump. This isn’t the first time the hacker collective has decided somebody has to go, of course, but it does raise an important question. What can Anonymous do to Trump? Currently, the plan is to crash a bunch of Trump-related websites, which is more or less the equivalent of going around town and ripping down his flyers. But if Anonymous really decides to go after Trump, he could be in some fairly serious trouble.

Somewhat lost amid the usual hubbub is that Trump is embroiled in an enormously ugly lawsuit over one of the many, many products he has slapped his name on, Trump University. There’s already plenty of media coverage, but even a simple document dump would likely put Trump in an awkward position if it proves he was aware of the fraud and did nothing.

But there’s plenty more out there that could damage Trump, who has an extensive, and awkward, legal history. The biggest target, for Anonymous, is likely Trump’s financials. Trump has yet to disclose his tax returns despite an increasing drumbeat for him to do so, and many have argued that he’s worth far, far less than he claims. That’s the last thing Trump wants out there, as a key part of his appeal is the idea that he doesn’t have to accept money from, and thus won’t find himself beholden to, GOP donors.

If Anonymous can prove Trump can’t self-finance his campaign as he claims, that would do much more than just embarrass him. Presidential campaigns are billion-dollar enterprises. If Trump is the nominee and has to refuse donor money to maintain support, it would put him in a difficult spot and would make it simple for the Democratic nominee to overwhelm him.

Beyond that, though, one does have to ask what else can be done to Trump that he hasn’t done to himself. A recent ad commissioned by a Republican group is simply reading back things Trump has said in public about women. Perhaps all Anonymous really needs to do is wait, and let Trump hurt himself.

Now Watch: The Funniest Roasts Of Donald Trump

Subscribe to UPROXX

Around The Web

The Fascinating Rise Of Third Man Records As The Most Influential Vinyl Label In America

03.21.17 4 days ago 2 Comments

A Little Booze And A Lot Of Big Ideas Are Keeping Movie Theaters Relevant

03.17.17 1 week ago 7 Comments

The Unheralded True Story Of The NBA’s First Black Player

03.14.17 2 weeks ago

How TV And Evolving Media Technology Changed The American Presidency

03.07.17 3 weeks ago 2 Comments

How The Spice Girls’ Legacy Of ‘Girl Power’ Paved The Way For Women To Dominate Pop

02.27.17 4 weeks ago 4 Comments

How Keeping Austin Weird Turned Into A Widespread Phenomenon

02.15.17 1 month ago 12 Comments

How Kevin Gates Went From Underground To Platinum In A Year And Changed The Game In The Process

02.02.17 2 months ago 6 Comments

Look For The Star: How Starter Jackets Became The Iconic Clothing Of The Early ’90s

01.31.17 2 months ago 10 Comments

‘Dream, Try, Do Good’: The Oral History Of ‘Boy Meets World’

01.31.17 2 months ago 6 Comments

How Frank Barsalona Created The Modern Rock Concert And Got Himself Into The Hall Of Fame

01.30.17 2 months ago

The Story Behind Gus Fring’s Stunningly Explosive Moment On ‘Breaking Bad’

and 01.30.17 2 months ago 5 Comments

How Toronto’s Boosie Fade Transformed From A Rap DJ Night Into A Digital Movement

01.12.17 2 months ago

Infiltrating The Bills Mafia To Find Out Why Fans Keep Supporting The NFL’s Most Hopeless Team

01.01.17 3 months ago 8 Comments

From Ray Charles To Jimi Hendrix: How Seattle Helped Create R&B And Rock And Roll

01.01.17 3 months ago 6 Comments

‘Stop Crying And Fight Your Father’: ‘Seinfeld’ Writers Tell How Festivus Came To Be

and 12.23.16 3 months ago 12 Comments

The Lasting Impact Of Adidas Tearaway Pants On Hip-Hop And A Hoops Generation

12.08.16 4 months ago 2 Comments

Understanding The History And The Motivations Behind The Standing Rock Protests

12.02.16 4 months ago 6 Comments

How Do We Combat The Intensifying War On Science?

and 11.30.16 4 months ago 30 Comments