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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  • strayaway

    This is so lame. How can anyone be guilty of hope? (“Trump essentially admitted that he hoped the Russian government had the ability to hack into a Secretary of State’s email.”) Democrats do not trust Hillary. If they did trust her, they would assume that Hillary used a secure server so Russia would be unable to hack her. They don’t trust Hillary to be careful or competent. Instead, Democrats want Putin to play nice so as not to disturb their cold war narrative. How pathetic. Trump was correct is requesting that Russia, if Russia has any information, turn such information regarding Hillary breaking laws over to the FBI. Democrats, I guess, would rather pretend Russia doesn’t already have this information and hope Putin won’t share it with the FBI to protect Hillary.

    Didn’t Bill Clinton sign a treaty with Russia, the ‘Treaty with Russia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ to share information about illegal activities? It could be why Russia vainly tried to alert the US about the Tsarnaev brothers. Didn’t the US, under Obama, spy on Angela Merkel who, incidentally, sides with Hillary in this election?

    Maybe Trump has taken this Democratic ploy to kill the messenger, Putin, to keep the message of Hillary’s excessive carelessness with national security in the news in order to displace coverage of the National Socialist Democratic convention. Either he got lucky or he’s a genius.

    • Liz Feeser-Regan

      An incoming President just does not say these kind of things, he hopes means he wants it done.

      • strayaway

        What’s wrong with Russia fulfilling its end of the ‘Treaty with Russia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and submitting its information to at least the FBI? Why do you want to keep Americans in the dark? If Hillary protected her correspondence on a secure government server and has nothing to hide, Russia can’t get its hands on her email anyway. If she screwed up, Americans should know about it before the election.

      • Drex Burke

        I think you and the donald think alike.

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  • mucklucky

    Let’s keep it simple. If the 30K + emails that were deleted are just Hillary’s yoga schedule… no biggie!

    But let us consider… Hillary waltzing into a Russian embassy or visiting
    Putin with her unsecure blackberry… and every Russian hacker available (that
    would be all of them) downloading US secrets from her. Why doesn’t that bother the democrats or CNN or MSNBC?

    As for what Trump said this week.
    Well, Russia cannot find any emails from a dismantled and destroyed server.
    DUH! However… they may already have the emails from a previous visit!