Donald Trump said something offensive, stupid, and vaguely un-American today. Democrats responded with feigned indignation and mass hypocrisy. So, Wednesday.
“It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump explained at news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
It is reprehensible for any American to exploit a foreign cyber attack for political gain. Trump is unfit for the presidency. Intelligence agencies reportedly have “high confidence” that Russia was behind the Democratic National Committee hacks; so we have a situation any decent candidate would condemn and distance himself from rather than embrace.
If this is so, however, Hillary Clinton is also unfit for the presidency. Even in this partisan atmosphere, it’s astounding that liberals in the media can act this dismayed about Trump’s vulgarity, but show absolutely no outrage over the fact that it was the DNC’s own carelessness and Hillary’s ongoing dishonesty that made all these servers vulnerable to the Russians in the first place. And more.
Only a couple of weeks ago, the FBI told us that Hillary Clinton — a nominee who rests her case on deep experience and competence — had sent 110 emails containing clearly marked classified information through her unsecure email account. Thirty-six of these contained secret information. Eight of these email chains contained “top secret” information. The FBI said it’s likely “hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”
Hillary’s negligence (and subsequent dishonesty) probably allowed our enemies to gain access to state secrets. Yet today we’re more offended by vulgarity than dangerous disregard for process. (On the bright side, Hillary promises us the more than 30,000 emails she erased to hide from the FBI were all personal in nature — grandkids and yoga, and whatnot — so thankfully the hackers have nothing to show anyway. Right?)
“The Russians do have a history of interfering with Democratic elections in Europe,” Hillary’s campaign chair John Podesta says. “I think it would be unprecedented in the United States.”
True. Which European countries? The ones Barack Obama assured then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on a hot mic he would have “more flexibility” to undermine after being elected? Hey, John Podesta, “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
Also, let’s not forget that to some extent this is the Democratic National Committee’s fault. Federal investigators had warned the DNC about a potential intrusion in their computer network months before the party moved to try and fix the potential problem. Trump did not hack their emails and hand them to the Russians, they were arrogant about their own security.
Let’s also not forget that during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State she failed to disclose that regimes across the world contributed unknown millions of dollars to the Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (the name until 2015). What kind of access did that buy? We do know that if you’re a major Clinton Foundation donor with absolutely no experience you can buy yourself a place on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board. We do know that 130 million bucks to the Clintons might get you a lucrative mining contract with Vladimir Putin’s buddies in Kazakhstan and more.
Per The New York Times:
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.
Thanks to Hillary, Russia now controls one-fifth of uranium production capacity in the United States. Worth talking about? Trump won’t because he’s a Putin admirer or worse. But the media, which has already reported these things, only seems to have selective outrage. It’s unethical. And it’s helping create an intractably dangerous political situation in this nation.