Trump Invites China to Hack His Emails—and Uncover All the Details of His Business Ties to Russian Oligarchs. Cool!
Well, by now y’all know that Donald Trump held a press conference today at which he invited Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email server and retrieve the 33,000 emails she deleted. When questioned about the propriety of encouraging anyone—much less a foreign power—to commit cybertheft, he said Russia probably already had the emails and that, if so, they should release them.
When asked whether it troubled him to urge the release of stolen information, Trump said … well, you the answer.
Okay, so Russia has his back, front, sides and center. Which must be comforting for him, if not for us. China, on the other hand … doesn’t. Not in the same way, anyway. And China’s hack expertise would make Russia’s look like high school computer lab class, I’d guess.
It’s hardly a secret—except to most American voters—that Trump has extensive business interests with very wealthy Russians, and wants to partner with Russians in businesses in Russia itself.*
So here’s where China comes in: Just today, Trump made it official that he won’t be releasing his tax returns, so you can stop holding your breadth. But copies of his tax returns, not to mention other evidence of his financial dependence, probably are on Trump’s personal or business computers. The obtaining and release of copies of them—including emails between Trump and his son Donald Jr., and Trump and his lawyers, and Trump and his accountants, and Trump and the oligarchs—would, to borrow from a comment of Trump’s at the press conference, be highly rewarded by the media.
And also to borrow from Trump’s comments today, I want to see them.
But of course Hillary Clinton, not being Donald Trump and all, can’t openly invite China to do this. So I will. I’m not Trump either, of course. But I am just swapping out one country for another, and one U.S. presidential candidate for another.
And Trump did start it. So it’s okay for me to do this, right?
CORRECTION: *Paragraph edited significantly for accuracy. 7/28 at 11:41 a.m.
Regarding Trump and his call for the Russians to help him, there was this from Vox:
“Everyone is talking about Donald Trump’s call for the Russian government to release emails it may have stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But that wasn’t the most chilling thing Trump said in his rambling answer to a question about who hacked the email server of the Democratic National Committee.
“Honestly, I wish I had that power,” Trump responded. “I’d love to have that power.”
The thing is, if Trump gets elected president, he probably will have the power to hack into the private communications of his political opponents. And that’s terrifying.”
Beverley Mann, Bingo!
But to Zachary Smith, Bingo to the 10th power!
Trump believes he can walk on water. But instead of walking on it, he has waded into it up to his neck. The flailing around to keep from drowning has just begun. By the end of the election folks are actually going to feel sorry for the guy. He once said he could shoot somebody in the middle of 5th Ave. without losing support. Instead, he’s going to find out what it’s like to walk down 5th Ave. with no clothes on.
Paul Ryan and McConnell have endorsed him, and they are forever stuck with it. Cruz went on stage at the GOP convention and shot himself in the head. The White Nationalists have grabbed control of the GOP. The snobs who call themselves Conservatives have been driven into the desert to roam in political isolation. Christmas is destined to arrive early this year.
The only real winners are the neo-cons, who believe if the US wages war it automatically just, and the Corporate State neo-liberals, who believe even Depression Era levels of suffering (see Greece) must not be an obstacle to profit. For the former, no organized opposition yet exist — yet the energy burns and the forms exist for instant mobilized opposition. For the latter, we now have Bernie’s “Our Revolution.”
Let’s get it on!
May endless rivers of gratitude flow to the noble, intelligent, courageous Black Man in the White House, and to the disheveled Angry Jewish Prophet who rages (and organizes) for Justice.
Anyone want to talk about the power of diversity in America?