It’s been less than 2 weeks since Donald Trump tapped uber-conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his V.P. and it already looks like their campaign is off the rails.
Within an hour of Donald Trump finishing a bizarre speech in which he praised Russia for the hacking the servers of the Democratic National Committee and releasing “damning” emails (that were not actually damning), Governor Pence released a statement….threatening Russia?
This was posted on Facebook at 1:07 PM EST (Boldface is mine)
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE
“The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences. That said, the Democrats singularly focusing on who might be behind it and not addressing the basic fact that they’ve been exposed as a party who not only rigs the government, but rigs elections while literally accepting cash for federal appointments is outrageous. The American people now have absolute and further proof of the corruption that exists around Hillary Clinton. It should disqualify her from office, if the media did their job.”
– Governor Mike Pence, Vice Presidential Candidate
At this point, security experts are highly confident that the hack was performed by Russian intelligence. Donald Trump literally just finished a press conference where he not only asked Russia to steal more sensitive information, he said they would be “rewarded mightily” for doing so.
Take a moment and digest that: The presidential candidate of the Republican Party just went on live television to ask a hostile foreign to engage in cyber warfare against America in order to influence the election. While not technically treason, it’s aggressively skirting the line.
And just to make it more disturbing, Trump’s running mate delivered the exact opposite message a few minutes later.
As a Democratic voter, I’m tickled pink to see the opposition’s campaign in such total disarray. But as a person that follows politics for a living, I’m incredibly disturbed at just how out of control Trump is. This is a man who will be soon be receiving classified intelligence briefings as a candidate. His singular lack of self-control has the potential to be disastrous.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing how Mike Pence twists himself into a pretzel to justify Trump’s praise in the face of his own condemnation.
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