Donald Trump’s Latest Comments on Russia Should Disqualify Him From Any Chance at the Presidency

There are many… many reasons why I don’t want to see Donald Trump become our next president. The list of absurdities that have followed the Trump campaign for over a year now is so long, I’ve reached a point where if I tried to sit here and list all of them, I’d end up forgetting more than I’d remember.

However, Trump’s comments on Wednesday when he encouraged Russians to commit illegal espionage against U.S. citizens (and our country), I believe, should disqualify him from any chance he had at the presidency.

Just in case you missed it, here’s what he had to say:

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.

Yes, that’s the presidential candidate for the Republican party encouraging a foreign government to commit espionage against the United States.

Having a candidate for a major political party who’s so clueless that he would openly admit that he’s fine with a foreign government (Russia, in this particular instance) hacking and targeting a U.S. citizen (I don’t care who they are) is indefensible.

However, for a moment, let’s ignore what he said and focus on the fact that Donald Trump blatantly admitted that he has no problem if laws are broken (or he possibly even commits treason) just as long as that illegal (and possibly treasonous) activity would target one of his rivals, potentially benefitting him both personally and professionally.

Trump essentially admitted that he hoped the Russian government had the ability to hack into a Secretary of State’s email. That means he’s putting what he hopes would help his presidential campaign before caring about the national security of the United States. If Trump wants to criticize Clinton for using a private server, that’s fine. But it’s an entirely different situation to publicly admit that he’s hoping her server was hacked simply because he’d use that to benefit his campaign. 

We can’t forget that this is the same person who said he found a “bright side” to horrific terrorist attacks — simply because he feels that “bright side” benefits him.

This is, by far, the worst thing he’s said during his entire campaign. Yes, the racism, bigotry and hate are all terrible, but this was Donald Trump saying he’s perfectly fine with other countries illegally hacking American citizens, businesses or organizations — just as long as he doesn’t like who they’re targeting.

I don’t care what you think about Hillary Clinton, at the end of the day, we’re all Americans. Under no circumstance should any one individual in this country hope that a foreign government would illegally hack someone (or something) they oppose simply because they want the information that might be exposed to help whatever agenda they have.

Just think about what Trump really proved about himself on Wednesday with these comments: What if he runs for re-election in 2020, would he be okay with China or North Korea trying to dig up dirt on those standing in his way, hoping whatever information that was hacked could be used (as they’re trying to do this year) to manipulate our election to give him a better chance at winning? Furthermore, ask yourself, might someone like Donald Trump actually take steps as president to make it easier for foreign hackers to target potential rivals just as long as he felt it would benefit him?

After all, he’s apparently too ignorant to understand that the Russian government actively trying to manipulate a U.S. presidential election is, to quote Joe Biden, a big f*cking deal. Yet it’s apparently something that, not only does he clearly not have a problem with, but he publicly encouraged.

And why did he do that? Because it’s benefitting his campaign!

On Wednesday, he admitted that he doesn’t really care how the information he might use to go after opponents was obtained, just as long he can somehow utilize it for his own personal and/or professional benefit.

His comments aren’t only absolutely terrifying — they’re dangerous.

If everything else he’s said and done didn’t disqualify him from being our next president, this should. It’s one thing for someone in Donald Trump’s position to levy the usual partisan political attacks against an opponent, that’s to be expected. However, it’s quite another for him to publicly state that he doesn’t mind if foreign governments are using cyber attacks on American citizens, businesses or organizations — just as long as he benefits from those attacks on our national security.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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