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As a reality TV star with no political experience, Donald Trump’s entire Presidential run has been unprecedented. He has consistently pushed the boundaries of not only political correctness, but the limits of the constitution. Today he called for full on cyber espionage.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said in a press conference Wednesday.
The statement received huge pushback, not just from Democrats, but from Republicans as well. Paul Ryan released a statement condemning Trump’s words and urging Russia to stay out of United States politics.
Trump’s statement tells us two things about this election cycle. First, partisan politics have gotten so extreme that a Presidential candidate of one party is openly calling for espionage on another. Second, that Trump is so hungry for media attention he’s willing to shamelessly say anything to make headlines.
Trump’s strategy has paid off for him thus far, and he’s showing no signs of shifting strategies heading into the general election. This comes as a disappointment to establishment Republicans who had hoped Trump would shift his strategy and scale back his rhetoric after he won the primary.
Trump is attempting to shift the focus away from the Democratic National Convention and its powerful list of speakers. Whereas Trump had his sons and daughters giving headline speeches at the Republican Convention, the Democrats are loaded with political firepower that include two former President, Bernie Sanders who has unified with Hillary Clinton, and popular progressive Elizabeth Warren.
After the Republican convention, Trump got a bump in the polls, many of which showed him pulling ahead of Hillary Clinton. We can expect Hillary to get a similar bump from the Democratic convention, which thus far has had higher viewership ratings. Trump is trying to blunt that impact.
Watch Trump’s statements below via The Miami Herald.