Now Donald Trump Is Just Straight Up Asking Russia To Hack Hillary Clinton. | Gradient

Now Donald Trump is just straight up asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton.


Regardless of your feelings about the man, let it never be said that Donald J. Trump doesn’t know how to make jaws crash to the floor. During a long, freewheeling press conference at Trump National Doral, in Doral, Florida in which Trump said a number of alarming things, he let loose with what legitimately ranks among the most eye-popping statement of this election (no mean feat!).

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

To break this down, a major party’s nominee for the presidency is actively encouraging adversarial foreign powers to engage in illegal theft of his a former Secretary of State’s email correspondence, in an attempt to influence an election. To say this has no precedent is like saying dogs rarely meow. The Clinton campaign said as much in their response to the New York Times.

“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,” said Jake Sullivan, Mrs. Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

It’s not technically treason — despite the cries of many on Twitter — but it’s close.

The press in the room attempted to question Trump further about this patently absurd request, to little avail. NBC’s Katy Tur asked whether or not it was responsible, even as a joke, to request for Russia to hack U.S. intelligence FFS, Trump told her to “be quiet.”

All this comes at a terrible time, since the CIA seems fairly well convinced that Russia was behind the Wikileaks hack that dumped thousands of emails from the Democratic Convention. It’s not a great time for Trump either, as he’s refused to share his taxes amidst widespread speculation that they would reveal ties to Russian oligarchies.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta weighed in, saying that the actions prove Trump is “totally unfit to be President of the United States.”

At least Trump, what was it again? “Speaks his mind”?

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