It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump went from excitedly flinging the information found in the DNC email leak out to his fans to actively praising Russia for their role in providing him the fodder. It amounts to treason to support a foreign government influencing a U.S. election, and Trump just walked right up to that line and said he loved it on national television.
At a campaign rally in Roanoke, Virginia, Trump told the crowd that Hillary Clinton has been exposed as “corrupt” thanks to the DNC email dump released by Wikileaks. The email dumb is widely thought to have originated with a Russian hacker, possibly working in coordination with the government. That part doesn’t seem to bother Trump, who has spent the last week latching onto the hack as part of his (largely non-starter) ploy to convince liberals still upset about Bernie Sanders to abandon the Democrats and vote for him.
She worked very hard to rig the system little did know that China Russia one of our many many friends hacked the hell out of us.
To put this is stark relief: The current Republican nominee for President of the United States is giddy that a foreign government hacked his political opponent in an effort to throw the U.S. election in a way that is favorable to Vladimir Putin. His audience cheered.
Trump: “China, Russia, one of our many, many ‘friends’ [air quotes] came in and hacked the hell out of us.” pic.twitter.com/I4GPirWxTm
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 25, 2016
Meanwhile, as Trump praised Russia or China for their efforts. The FBI is currently investigating the incident as a matter of national security. They have announced that there is good reason to believe the hack originated in Russia and appears to have links to Putin’s administration. The fallout over a major country actively engaging in cyberwar to throw a U.S. election remains to be seen, but all indications suggest it will be a terrifying time for the country and the world more broadly.
Unlike the rest of us, Trump stands to benefit from these troubling times. Putin has previously made comments suggesting he favors Trump. Alternatively, Trump has praised Putin several times both before and after he got into the race. His campaign manager has also worked with Putin in an adviser capacity. And Trump and Putin’s exact relationship is unclear because when a reporter asked Trump whether or not he’s ever personally met the Russian autocrat, Trump refused to answer.
Now actions are speaking louder than words.
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