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How Donald Trump Got Everything Wrong About Apple in One Sentence

Arik Hesseldahl

Donald Trump, the billionaire and leading Republican candidate for president of the United States, says he wants Apple, the biggest technology company in the world by market valuation, to make its computers and other products in America. It made for a good sound bite, but it betrayed a deep ignorance of how the tech economy actually works and the role of American workers in it.

Speaking at Liberty University, the Christian institution founded by the Baptist TV evangelist Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va., (see the full video at Trump cited Apple in one of the blunt, sweeping statements for which he has become known on the campaign trail:

I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we're gonna get things coming … we're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.