Donald Trump, seemingly the master of perfect media spotlight timing, steals the show from the DNC yesterday in an hour long press conference. Trump uttered a phrase that sent the media, and the Democrats, scrambling to denounce his comments, which only detracted from the continuing coverage of the DNC.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference here in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump has a way with words that get the media in a frenzy, and many of his opponents think he is just undisciplined, but often times it appears to be an inspired tactic. Donald Trump has been in the media spotlight for decades and has become experienced at knowing how to market a product or brand. Well, his entire presidential campaign is a brand.
In a time when the media is fawning over every word spoken at the DNC, Trump throws in an unorthodox, and unprecedented, comment to control the headlines for the day.
Katy Tur, an NBC reporter, responded to Trump’s comments by asking him whether he was encouraging a foreign country to hack into emails, in which he responds:
“Be quiet. I know you want to save her,” meaning Hillary Clinton.
The mainstream media response to Trump’s statement has been mainly, “He’s encouraging a foreign country to hack state department emails and he’s in league with Putin!”
Although the irony is it was Hillary Clinton who used an unsecured server, illegally, to store her emails and thus opened the door for foreign hackers to access her every word. Donald Trump was encouraging hacking, the hack has already taken place due to Clinton’s bad judgment and nonchalant attitude towards security.
Trump followed up with a Tweet, doubling down on his previous comment, asking any country who has Hillary’s emails to release them to the FBI. Although I doubt the FBI would bring any charges against Clinton even if they had the additional emails, as they would only restate that no reasonable prosecutor would dare bring charges against her royal highness, Hillary Clinton.
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
The Miami Herald reports:
In a surprising call for a foreign power to use its hacking abilities to get involved in the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from the time she was secretary of state.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said to a room full of TV cameras at Trump National Doral. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump said he hopes Russia does have her emails. Clinton’s lawyers had turned over work-related emails, but deleted thousands which she said were about personal matters.
“They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there,” he said. “So let’s see.”
A forceful and at times flippant Trump engaged with reporters for about an hour as he bashed Clinton over her emails stored on private servers in her New York home. FBI Director James Comey said earlier this month that Clinton should have known that some of the emails were classified, but concluded there wasn’t enough evidence that she intentionally mishandled classified information.
Although the Justice Department declined to prosecute, Trump has used the investigation to attack Clinton on the campaign trail and ramped that up Wednesday.
Trump said it gave him pause that “crooked Hillary Clinton” deleted 33,000 emails.
“That gives me a big problem,” Trump said. “After she gets a subpoena! She gets subpoenaed, and she gets rid of 33,000 e-mails? That gives me a problem. Now, if Russia or China or any other country has those e-mails, I mean, to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”
When Katy Tur, an NBC reporter, asked Trump whether he was encouraging a foreign country to hack into emails, Trump snapped back: “Be quiet. I know you want to save her,” a reference to Clinton.
The Clinton campaign was quick to respond Wednesday. Said advisor Jake Sullivan: “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.”