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Donald Trump, iPhone Owner, Calls for Apple Boycott

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns In South Carolina Ahead Of State's Primary
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Apple products in the wake of the company’s refusal to help the government unlock a phone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. Trump’s anger, like that of most Republican candidates, stems from a sense that refusing to help the FBI is tantamount to helping terrorists.

Trump himself has a long history with the company — not limited to the fact that he owns and tweets from an iPhone, and owns a significant amount of Apple stock. In 2013, he (repeatedly) criticized the company for dragging its heels on introducing a larger screen size.

I have a lot of @Apple stock--- and I miss Steve Jobs. Tim Cook must immediately increase the size of the screen on the...

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, April 29, 2013

He later claimed, in early 2014, to have dumped his stock.

Surprisingly, Trump was not, precisely, telling the truth, as we understand it: Now that he’s a presidential candidate, Trump has had to disclose many of his business interests; as it turns out, the master of the art of the deal still holds at least a million dollars in Apple stock.

He is also still tweeting from an iPhone.

Also, semi-relatedly, Trump hates Steve Jobs’s yacht:

Trump, iPhone Owner, Calls for Apple Boycott