You can’t say they’re not being topical. In a story that reads like a segment from Saturday Night Live’s “Really?” members of the media must input the Wi-Fi password “StopHillary” in order to access the Internet at tonight’s Republican debate. Of course, Republican candidates seem to believe that attending journalists are all contributing to the “liberal media bias” that is making America un-great, so a little Wi-Fi trolling is apparently the best way to combat the masses.
Tonight’s debate, which will be the fourth such event for the ever-shrinking field, will be hosted by Fox Business and The Wall Street Journal. And given the historically conservative lean of both these outlets, it comes as little surprise that the Republican National Convention took advantage of this opportunity to sling some mud at the ostensible Democratic frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A number of members of the press were quick to take to social media to share photographs of the Wi-Fi card, which throws bipartisanship to the wind.
Password every member of the media will have to type to get WiFi access at the Milwaukee debate. pic.twitter.com/zUr8dt38MM
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) November 9, 2015
The RNC password for Wifi: "StopHillary" pic.twitter.com/S3NnoswJG7
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 10, 2015
The Wifi password at tonight's Republican debate: StopHillary – can't make this stuff up. pic.twitter.com/SZ9agrCTcY
— David Siegel (@TheDaveSiegel) November 10, 2015
And the RNC is pretty pleased with itself as well, retweeting a post that spoke of the “brilliant troll” with a clapping hand emoji.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until next November to see if the password actually comes to fruition (or if The Bern is really who they should be trying to “stop”). But until then, Wi-Fi troll away, GOP.