Trump rounded up the usual staples of the media Wednesday morning to respond further to comments made about him at the Democratic National Committee.
He started out fine – not that I agreed with what he said. But he remained somewhat reserved, calm, and refrained from the things he is so well known for such as rambling almost incoherently, insults, etc. However, it didn’t last long. Along with trashing the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he answered reporters’ questions regarding releasing his taxes, ISIS, and banning refugees and Muslims. He was also asked several questions regarding his bromance with Russian president Vladimir Putin and allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacking and release of DNC emails.
In his remarks, he said something that has set Twitter on fire and definitely made me raise my newly well-groomed left eyebrow. While bringing up the 33,000 Clinton emails that are alleged to be missing, he defended the country:
“And if it is Russia… which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is. But if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason. Because it shows how little respect they have for our country when they would hack into a major party and get everything.”
OK. There’s some validity to that. I’ll give him that. It IS a bad thing for Russia or any other country to be hacking our government’s systems. That’s just a fact no matter what party you’re from. It’s also a sad testament to just how technologically behind our own government is. Other countries know we’re weak in that department. However, according to ThreatConnect it probably is most likely to be Russia. So, sorry Trump. Only half a point for you there.
However, he went off the rails after that and said something truly stupid in true Trump fashion:
“I will tell you this… Russia if you are listening… I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens. That’ll be next.”
Smooth move Ex-Lax. I imagine somewhere backstage Paul Manafort is facepalming super hard. You don’t ask a country we have tense (at best) relations with to find supposed missing emails of a presidential nominee, and you don’t insinuate that’ll be the next thing to happen. You definitely don’t give them the incentive to do so by saying the press will reward them for it (even if that’s most likely true). You just don’t DO stuff like that when you’re trying to run for president. Even if you’re being sarcastic and trying to make a funny, you don’t do that. Joke about something else. Russia hacking the US is a super serious issue.
Then again, when you’re Trump, and your support base is full of people that eat up every word that vomits out of your mouth, I guess you do whatever works.
Twitter has since blown up in response to his comments including one tweet accusing Trump of treason.
Yes, Donald Trump basically called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton pic.twitter.com/XfkyH31C5b
— MD: Ridoy Pervaz (@RidoyPervaz) July 27, 2016
— Dasani (@Dasani_01) July 27, 2016
Crazy can't resist saying something crazy: https://t.co/Hbvdow40lA
— Carl Raether (@CarlRaether) July 27, 2016
Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary for America Jake Sullivan had this to say in response to Trump’s really bad oopsie:
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“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
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