Donald Trump is begging Russia to hack US national security.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Some would say this is Trump being blinded by his and his base's hatred of Hillary Clinton, and that he did not - as is often the case - really consider the implications of the verbal vomit that escaped his smug mouth. Not that such an implication of a short switch isn't bad enough for a man who is the nominee of a major political party for president, but I don't buy it.
Donald Trump's sick admiration for totalitarian dictators like Vladimir Putin is not a secret. Neither, we should add, is his contempt for America's leadership that spans more than just one US administration. The entire Republican party's contempt for America's transformation to an inclusive, diverse, multicultural society is even more apparent. This idea that Donald Trump simply does not know what he is saying or that he is simply throwing red meat to his belligerent base lets him off the hook too easily.
The fact is, as Trump and his Republican allies have made it clear again and again, present day America - and certainly, present day Americans - is not something they recognize, want, or accept. As the United States has embraced the big tent and diversity, totalitarian leaders like Putin have practiced crackdowns on dissidents and minorities and attacked neighboring countries in order to expand territory based on ethnic measures. It is no wonder Mr. Trump is fond of Mr. Putin - what Putin has done to Russia is something Trump is dreaming of doing to America.
So no, I don't believe for a minute that Donald Trump did not know what he was saying. Donald Trump - and the Right wing of his party that nominated him - deeply, passionately, and angrily hates the America of today. They are ready to burn down the American house in order to what they believe will be its delivery to salvation. It is not that Donald Trump didn't think through the implications of his remarks. It is far more likely that he did, and he welcomes the help of a foreign power in his mission to radically destroy the idea of America.
And if we let him, I would not be the least bit surprised if a President Trump happily turned over the US nuclear codes to his leadership role model, Vladimir Putin. This is a dangerous traitor to our country who is now the nominee of the American Right to be president.