Here’s what he actually said:
Donald Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." https://t.co/f522S7Tn0F
— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2016
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you would probably be rewarded mightily by our press.
This was followed up by a similar tweet:
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Now here is how Big Media portrayed the Con Man’s comments:
Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s email — Politico (cached link; no links for bullies)
Bullshit. Hillary, remember, wiped her server. With a cloth, some say! So there’s nothing left to hack. Trump was just saying: if you have the emails, release them.
The Washington Post has corrected their original headline — “Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s emails” — to “Trump invites Russia to meddle in the U.S. presidential race with Clinton’s emails.” Here is the original headline:
NPR has corrected its original headline — “Trump Calls On Russia To Hack Into Clinton’s Emails” — to “Clinton Campaign Says Trump Encouraged Espionage With Hacking Comment.” Here is the original headline:
How is it that so many outlets rushed to accuse Trump of asking the Russians to “hack” Hillary, and then (in some cases) decided to backtrack? Well, because that was the Democrat spin, you see.
Clinton’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said in an emailed statement: “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
Yeah, that’s not the facts. That’s just hyperbole.
I feel absolutely no obligation to defend Donald Trump. Screw Donald Trump. I think what he did here — essentially laugh at the possibility that Russia might have hacked the emails of the Secretary of State — is typical Trump irresponsibility. Although his comments were nowhere near as irresponsible as the decisions made by the former Secretary of State that put these emails at risk.
The left flipped out about this so much that they were even talking about how Trump should be charged with a felony for musing about Russia and the emails. But unless Stupidity in the First Degree is an actual felony, they should be talking about charging the candidate who actually committed a crime with respect to these emails.