There’s been some talk over the last few days of growing evidence that could indicate the Russian government was behind the email hack at the DNC. The hack ultimately led to Wikileaks releasing nearly 20k emails, a handful of which have caused a bit of a “controversy” with the Democratic party over a few critical comments some officials had made about Bernie Sanders and his campaign late in the primary. And it’s clear the timing of this wasn’t a coincidence as this “email dump” occurred just before the DNC’s convention in Philadelphia in what appeared to be a coordinated effort to try to embarrass Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party leading into a big week for both her and the party.
While most people seem distracted by what’s in a handful of these emails, I fully believe that the real story is the possibility that this was a carefully orchestrated and complex attack carried out by the Russian government apparently with the intent to help elect Donald Trump as our next president. In other words, growing evidence seems to be pointing toward Vladimir Putin attempting to sabotage and manipulate an American election to see that the candidate he wants elected (Trump) becomes our next president.
Naturally, Donald Trump and his campaign completely deny these allegations. Then again, is there anyone out there who thinks he’d ever admit to any of it even if it were true?
First, I think it’s important to remind everyone that the only thing the Trump campaign objected to in the GOP’s platform for their convention was anti-Russian talking points in defense of Ukraine’s freedom and independence. That’s an extremely strange thing to have a Republican presidential candidate go out of his way to make his party’s platform as friendly to Vladimir Putin as possible. Then there’s Trump’s increasing anti-NATO rhetoric that plays right into the hands of someone like Putin.
And let’s also not forget that Trump and Putin have had a bit of a “bromance” over the last year with each man heaping praise on the other.
But the one thing which really made me believe that Donald Trump is fully aware of Vladimir Putin’s possible role in this was his reaction to these growing rumors that the Russian government is trying to sabotage and manipulate our election.
First there was a tweet he sent out:
The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
Then there were comments he made during a speech on Monday where he, once again, tried to make a joke out of these accusations.
“Little did she [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] know, Russia, China, one of our many, many ‘friends’ came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine?” – Trump said using air quotes to while saying “friends.”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Trump over this past year, it’s that when he’s called out on something he knows is true, he instantly gets very defensive. He’ll attempt to get out in front of the allegations, often spinning them as nothing more than some conspiracy against him by his rivals.
The Melania plagiarism controversy is a perfect example of what I mean.
Even though it was obvious that parts of her speech were absolutely plagiarized, his campaign came out immediately denying the allegations, with someone even suggesting that Hillary Clinton was responsible for making it a story… which wasn’t remotely true. This was clearly their attempt to shift focus away from what they were being accused of, hoping to distract folks with the “Hillary Clinton is just out to get me” propaganda — even though the campaign later admitted that parts of his wife’s speech were, in fact, plagiarized.
But the real issue that stands out to me here is, instead of Donald Trump showing concern that the Russian government and his “buddy” Vladimir Putin might be illegally hacking into private email accounts to influence our presidential election, he ignored this very serious issue of that likely occurring to go on the defensive — which is often a sign of guilt.
He could have easily said that he’s concerned with reports that the Russians might have been behind the illegal hack, but that he wanted to ensure people that he had no part in it and was disturbed at the idea that they might be attempting to influence our presidential election.
Instead, he got defensive, just like he often does when he’s being accused of something he doesn’t want to admit is true.
Perhaps that’s why he’s so terrified of showing us his tax returns. Clearly one of the last things he wants to have happen (besides the American people realizing he’s not nearly as rich as he claims to be) is for the public to find out about some rather shady investments in Russia, further linking him to the Russian government — which growing evidence seems to indicate was the culprit behind the illegal hacking of the DNC’s emails in a calculated effort to help him become president.
I think this is one of those stories that’s not even close to being over. I fully believe in the next few days or weeks we’re going to find out a whole lot more about Russia’s involvement in trying to sabotage our election — which could turn into an absolute nightmare for the GOP and Donald Trump.
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