In a speech today, Donald J. Trump made a "joke" hoping that the Russians had hacked Hillary Clinton's State Department server and had in its possession her deleted emails. The usual sectors excused him as him just speaking off the cuff. However, he then doubled down in his usual medium of expression, Twitter:
This is no longer funny. Well, it hasn't been funny for quite a while. But here we have a major party presidential candidate basically urging foreign powers to cyber attack the US to damage a political opponent.
Ronald Reagan paved the way for this travesty of an election year when he dispensed with the Fairness Doctrine. Fox News wouldn't exist if it were still in place. The idea that a pluralistic democracy is ill-served when it has a media which has no restraint on it to provide fair and balanced coverage of topic of importance has been proven this year. The media fawns over Trump, seeing him as ratings gold. And as fewer and fewer people watch traditional news, the MSM isn't about to let go of that cash cow.
So don't expect MSNBC or CNN to call Trump to account for his near-treasonous statements. They will just treat it as another piece of political theater, and continue to draw in the rubes to watch the spectacle. The few voices of reason on the airwaves will as usual be drowned out by the sycophants, and we'll all roll merrily along.
Except at some point citizens have to say "enough". Trump has proven himself to be Putin's man in the US. The reason he won't release his tax returns is because they would show him deeply indebted to Russian financial interests. We literally have a Manchurian candidate running for President, and an unstable one at that. He cannot be allowed to get the briefings all candidates get, much less get anywhere near power.
There are no easy answers. Trump has been gestating ever since 1968. Anyone with a scintilla of perspicacity would have seen that the Southern Strategy would lead to a man like him. Now that the storm is upon us, we have to ride it out and make sure we come out on the other end of it intact and safe. The next three months will determine the fate of the Republic.