Donald Trump held a press conference in Doral, Florida this morning and as usual, it was another bizarre endeavor.
He didn't know who or where Tim Kaine was from, did bad impressions, said France wasn't France anymore, and lied about his ratings. No, really.
But when he was asked about Russia's hacking, Comrade Trump asked Putin if the motherland would spy, find and release Hillary Clinton's classified documents.
Trump told the press that he never met Putin even though previously he bragged that he got to know the Russian president during a 60 minutes interview.
He then commented on the DNC hack and denied that it was Russian, but then begged and ordered them (a foreign country) to become his own personal hackers.
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. let's see if that happens."
Trump just asked Russia to spy on his rival, dig up classified U.S. government documents, and release them publicly. How is this happening?
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 27, 2016
The NY Times writes: essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.
Shortly after Trump made these comments, his running mate, Mike Pence released a statement that said:
Within moments of Trump’s press conference, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), released a statement on Trump’s website distancing himself from the nominee’s words. “If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences,” Pence said.
Here's the point at a GOP debate (from last November) where he claims he's met Putin:
Putin's interview took place in Russia. Trump's in New York. They weren't even physically in the same place. I'm so lost.
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 11, 2015
— Bennett Windheim (@Windheim) November 11, 2015