Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine tried to help the media as they focused on Hillary Clinton’s emails yet again, by reminding them that Donald Trump is the actual danger to national security.
Donald Trump is a danger to national security because he actually encouraged Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, Kaine explained patiently on ABC’s “This Week,” as the media focused on the FBI report “raising new questions” about Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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“On the other hand, we’ve got a candidate in Donald Trump who won’t release his tax returns after he promised to do so,” Kaine said.
“And talk about national security, he (Trump) has openly encouraged Russia to engage in cyberhacking to try to find more emails or materials, and we know that this cyberattack on the DNC was likely done by Russia,” Kaine continued.
Kaine said Trump’s advocating for a hack on Clinton is very similar to the Watergate break-in that caused President Richard Nixon to be impeached and ultimately resign.
“A president was impeached and had to resign over an attack on the DNC, during a presidential election in 1972. This is serious business,” the Democratic Senator explained.
Kaine laid it out, “So contrast the Hillary situation where the FBI said there’s no need for legal proceedings with an attack that is being encouraged by Donald Trump on the DNC by Russia, similar to what led to the resignation of a president 30 years ago.”
Kaine might as well have been waving a huge red flag for the press. Yes, he’s biased because he’s obviously advocating for Clinton, but that doesn’t mean his facts are wrong. His facts are actually right on.
Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump said, “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
This is not hard. That is not okay, and it doesn’t take an FBI investigation to figure out that it’s dangerous to the national security of this country as well as democracy itself. Contrast that with the years long Republican-led investigation into Clinton’s emails, during which they’ve tried every which way to create a scandal only to be told by the Republican FBI director that there is no scandal.
It’s the press that is struggling this election. They can’t seem to find a way to admit that Donald Trump is a disaster on almost every level, so they keep hunting through Hillary Clinton’s emails, while Donald Trump is actually advocating for a foreign country to intervene in the U.S. election in order to help him win the White House.
Tim Kaine tried to help the media today by pointing out the huge elephant in the room, but it’s likely that the press simply isn’t equipped to deal with Donald Trump. They keep grading Trump on a curve while trying to make Hillary Clinton as bad as Trump in order to appear fair.
But the job isn’t about looking fair; it’s supposed to be about informing the people. Desperately sifting through Clinton’s emails looking for a problem while ignoring the fact that the Republican nominee actually asked Russia to hack a presidential candidate is negligent.
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