Once Again, Trump Shows He Is Not Fit for the Presidency
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re 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.
Top figures in the intelligence community had told reporters that the evidence indicated the DNC emails had been hacked by Russia -- not an individual malicious hacker, but Russian state intelligence agencies. Donald Trump, in effect, was recommending that Russia should move ahead with cyber-crimes against the United States.
When he was asked later in the press conference whether he was actually suggesting that Russia hack the United States, thus interfering in the American election, he answered only:
That's up to the president.
Then he told the newswoman who asked the question:
Be quiet -- let the president talk to them.
With that answer, Trump told the nation what he would clearly do if he became our commander-in-chief. Indeed, hoping that Russia does hack Hillary's remaining emails, Trump added:
I hope they do. You'd see some beauties in there.
He also added that he did not think it was safe "to have Hillary Clinton briefed on national security because the word will get out."
Trump then brought up her aide Huma Abedin. He mentioned that she was married to disgraced former congressman and NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner; that Weiner "is a sleazeball and a pervert." Hence, Trump did not want Abedin going "home at night and telling Anthony Weiner all of those secrets."
As most people understand, those who receive access to classified information are sworn not to reveal it to anyone, including one's spouse. He thus made a charge, despite not having any evidence, that Abedin would do that.
Moreover, disregarding the word of U.S. intelligence agencies, he proceeded to argue that the belief Russia was behind the DNC hacking is a "conspiracy theory." This is an ironic claim from Trump, since for decades Trump has himself been a master of conspiracy theories.
The hack, he added, "is probably not Russia." Refusing to say that he would reprimand Vladimir Putin for hacking confidential files pertaining to the campaign, Trump replied:
I'm not going to tell Putin what do do. Why should I tell Putin what to do?
If they had done it, Trump suggested it simply showed what disrespect they had for President Barack Obama. Referring to himself in the third person, he said:
President Trump would be so much better for U.S. relations. I don't think he respects Clinton.
Unsaid was the obvious elephant in the room.