Vigilante hacker group Anonymous declared “total war” on Donald Trump, ratcheting up its offensive against the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
“This is not a warning, this is a declaration of total war,” a computerized voice said in a video posted earlier this month, speaking over a shot of someone wearing a hood and the collective‘s trademark Guy Fawkes mask.
The video called on anyone with a computer to join them on April 1 to help dismantle his campaign, whether by sharing the video, hacking his websites to shut them down, or exposing secrets to sabotage his brand.
Anonymous’s proclamation builds upon its December video message, which warmed the real estate mogul and reality TV star to “think twice” after proposing a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Soon after, the website for his New York Trump Tower reportedly went offline.
Earlier this month, tech executives from traditionally liberal Silicon Valley discussed the dangers of Trump’s candidacy with GOP leaders at a closed-door economic summit on a private island, while Brandon Stanton of the popular photo blog Humans of New York posted an open letter decrying the candidate as hateful this week.
The latest video from Anonymous showed a montage of Trump statements about Mexican rapists, his attacks against Fox News host Megyn Kelly and clips of him mocking a reporter with a physical disability, followed by the voiceover addressing Trump directly: “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing.”
“You say what your current audience wants to hear, but in reality you don’t stand for anything except for your personal greed and power. This is a call to arms,” the narrator said.