Holy sh*t: Did Donald Trump just say he wants Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s missing emails?
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 [Hillary Clinton] emails that are missing,” Donald Trump declared in a press conference on Wednesday morning. “I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press.”
That’s right. The GOP’s candidate for president of the United States just said that he hopes an enemy foreign power hacked into a former Secretary of State’s emails. In other words, Donald Trump is asking a foreign power to engage in espionage against his own damned country.
We all knew Mein Trumpf had a thing for that muscle-bound sexy despot, Vladimir Putin. But until now, we had no idea he would go so far as to commit treason to facilitate this budding bromance.
Did Donald Trump even know what he was saying?
Media Matters caught CNN’s John Berman and David Gregory on At This Hour having a rather lively chat. After watching the video with the GOP presidential hopeful’s traitorous commentary, John Berman exclaimed:
“It is unusual, which is a charitable way of putting it, for a presidential candidate to call on the intelligence services of another nation to hack into American government emails, but that’s what Donald Trump just did.”
And then David Gregory — who happens to be a Republican — declared Donald Trump’s questionable utterances to be beyond the pale.
“I’ve run out of words to express my shock and how completely beyond the pale that Donald Trump is as a potential leader of the free world, the commander in chief of our country. This was truly beyond the pale.”
David Gregory went on to slam Donald Trump for “playing with matches” when he knows nothing about fire.
“I mean, he is encouraging Russia, which by all accounts was behind the leak of one of our major political parties, to do more, to go beyond, to try to hack into Hillary Clinton’s server to find missing emails to kind of get in the middle of the scandal. It’s as if this is a child playing with matches who doesn’t understand how badly he and the country can get burned.”
Boom. Mic drop. But David Gregory’s just getting started. In his eyes, Donald Trump has shown himself unfit for even the level of security clearance given to the White House cleaning crew, yet he aspires to a position that would allow him to launch a nuclear attack.
“It’s a very serious thing. And I think that the one thing about Trump is that he is very clear for all to see. He is making very clear what he thinks, how he comes by information, and I think, frankly, the lack of seriousness and the intemperance with which he speaks about important national security matters should certainly give people pause. And I don’t think there’s anybody who would think that was anything but a fair reading of what we’ve seen here.”
Because, in case you didn’t know, Vladimir Putin is dangerous. As President George W. Bush, another admirer of Vladimir Putin who wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier, learned the hard way. In 2001, Bush said he’d looked into deep into Putin’s reptilian eyes and seen his soul. Vlad the Emailer then proceeded to burn Dubya by doubling down on his authoritarian rule. He then nearly caused a scandal when he crudely tried to curry influence by making a job offer to one of Bush II’s friends.
…As David Gregory was quick to point out.
Vladimir Putin is dangerous. He’s been dangerous to a Democratic president, to a Republican president, President George W. Bush who thought he had a better relationship with him. And now this nominee of the Republican Party wants a closer relationship with Vladimir Putin which is what he said. And he thinks that he has the ability to have a better relationship. There’s no evidence to believe that’s the case.
Yet the Republicans in Congress keep harping on Hillary Clinton’s emails and not the fact that Donald Trump is actively encouraging foreign spies to keep on hacking them. In case you forgot, this is the penalty for treason, according to 18 U.S. Code § 2381:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
Like most Republicans, Donald Trump just happens to support the death penalty.
Watch: Conservative commentator David Gregory declares Donald Trump dangerous.
David Gregory’s not the only onewho finds Donald Trump’s ravings highly disturbing.
Trump just asked Russia to spy on his rival, dig up classified U.S. government documents, and release them publicly. How is this happening?
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 27, 2016
"Disturbing" doesn't even begin to describe this. https://t.co/AROq3P1zbp
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) July 27, 2016
Pence just called Trump a patriot. Trump, the guy who wants Russia to hack Hillary's email.#TrumpPrivilege
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) July 27, 2016
Remember the 50,000 times you heard GOP candidates say weakness invites attacks? What do embossed invitations to attack invite?
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 27, 2016
Remarkable that a presidential nominee is pleading with a foreign state actor to hack & release a political opponent’s private emails.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 27, 2016
Does the email say anything about Ryan’s continued support for Trump? https://t.co/ftvWpFCAWN
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 27, 2016
The guy saying he’ll build a wall to protect American sovereignty is openly hoping Russia infiltrates us. https://t.co/mWv2U45XHM
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 27, 2016
I would talk about Trump inviting Russia to interfere with election by hacking HRC, but my mouth really hurts. Because my jaw hit the floor.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 27, 2016
Featured image: cc 2015 Michael Vadon with burning flag, hearts, and Vladimir Putin added.