After Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested that experts say Russians are behind the DNC hacks and leaks, Donald Trump Jr. slammed the Clinton campaign for “lying”, claiming that if a Republican lied like the Clinton camp, “they would bring out the electric chair.”
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“It just goes to show you their exact moral compass, I mean, they’ll say anything to win,” Donald Trump Jr said, working himself up into a state of indignant rage that anyone else would dare to treat the truth and facts like his father does.
“I mean this is time and time again, lie after lie, he won’t say well, I say this,” Trump Jr. continued. “His house cat at home once said that this is what’s happening with the Russians. It’s disgusting, it’s so phony.”
Yes it would be outrageous if Mook had gotten this info from his house cat, which is akin to Donald Trump basing foreign policy off of things he’s “heard” and “seen” that no one else can verify.
However, Vox explained that security firms, not a house cat, came up with this theory about the Russians being behind the hack:
Perhaps as important as the email’s contents is who may have leaked them. The leak is believed to be the fruit of a network intrusion that was discovered last month by the DNC. According to security firms who spoke to the Washington Post, that was the work of hackers associated with the Russian government, raising the possibility that a foreign government is trying to manipulate the US election.
Mook’s exact quote to This Week‘s George Stephanopoulos was, “What’s disturbing about this entire situation is that experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites. Obviously they have to determine what’s accurate, what’s been doctored, what hasn’t been doctored. And it’s troubling that some experts are telling us this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”
I’m not sure how Trump Jr. got “house cat” from “experts”, but perhaps a vivid imagination runs in the Trump family.
“I mean I can’t think of bigger lies, but that goes to show you what the DNC and the Clinton camp will do,” Donald Trump Jr. said, repeatedly interrupting Jake Tapper to make sure his rage was clear. “They will do anything to win.”
The thing is, there is a lot of smoke around Trump and Putin. There’s his effort to gut a pro-Ukraine provision in the Republican Party platform, there’s connections to being paid to promote Russian propaganda TV RT, and more. Putin has made his “admiration” for Trump known, and Trump has reciprocated. Trump will not release his tax returns, either, leaving questions about financial dealings with Russia in the dark.
What we have here is Donald Trump Jr. carrying on the family tradition of getting angry about things he doesn’t understand and being outraged when someone repeats evidence. Mook didn’t make up the evidence he referred to. The only thing he can’t prove is that the Russians hacked and leaked the DNC in order to help Donald Trump.
But we do know that Putin has gone to great lengths to install people like Donald Trump throughout Europe in an effort to dismantle NATO, and Trump has already suggested he would weaken NATO. It’s really not a stretch with Trump’s bizarre policies that help Putin. It’s also odd that only the DNC that was hacked. Sadly for the Russians, no real dirt has come out of the hack so far.
“If a Republican did this, they would bring out the electric chair,” Trump Jr. concluded falsely, since his father tells so many whoppers he’s broken PolitFact.
If they used electric chairs for telling huge lies, Donald Trump would be on his last cat life.
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