There are about 4.49 billion webpages online, and for some, too many of them talk about Donald Trump. Luckily, there’s a new Trump Filter that can help.
The filter is a browser extension that automatically blocks any and all online content about the billionaire presidential candidate, and it’s free in the Google Chrome web store. Since launching, it’s earned a three-and-a-half-star review, and been downloaded nearly 10,000 times.
“In a political atmosphere where ascendance can be manufactured through attention, the only way to deflate Trump’s political star is through suffocation. Trump can only lose if we turn off the TV,” said developer Rob Spectre, who created the Trump Filter. “Thus, the Trump Filter is presented as part of the antidote for this toxic candidacy.”
This is not the first web tool aimed at avoiding news of Trump. there’s also FriendsWhoLikeDonaldTrump.com, which shows which of a Facebook user’s friends “like” the GOP candidate on Facebook.
Donald Trump’s campaign has troubled so many people that even his own party is turning against him. A conservative, Arizona-based non-profit agency called the Public Integrity Alliance released a video in early December lampooning the GOP candidate.
“When he said the stuff about Muslims, we were like, we’ve got to call that out, and make fun of the absurdity of that,” PIA founder and chief Tyler Montague told the Phoenix New Times. “It’s the closest thing to fascism that America’s had, at least in our lifetime.”
Despite the backlash, support for Trump remains strong. A mid-December rally in Mesa drew more than 3,000 followers. At the time, he had a 41% rating in the polls.
“It’s just shameful,” 27-year-old protester Lauren Oscarson told AZCentral, adding that Trump’s rhetoric and comments make the world hate Americans, while giving ISIS recruitment material. “I’m ashamed that there are this many people who think that man should be a president of the United States. He’s a celebrity.”