Clown. Charlatan. Bigot. Phony. Fraud. Donald Trump has been called all these things and more (and fittingly), but now we can add more descriptor to the list: Traitor. Only a man who puts himself and his own thirst for political power above his country would make such unpatriotic, reckless, and irresponsible comments:
Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
It’s been said many times during the campaign that Donald Trump is only for Donald Trump. And it’s true. Trump’s sloganeering aside, he is not interested in making America a more prosperous, free, or safe nation.
What Trump wants is power. He will resort to any means necessary to get it, including selling out his own countrymen and countrywomen.
John McCain once run on the slogan of Country First. Trump’s slogan might as well be Trump Above America. Because that is what he’s really about.
Again and again, Trump has demonstrated through his words as well as his actions that his whole purpose in life is to enrich himself at the expense of others.
Trump is a neofascist warmonger who, like fascist despots of years past, has exploited the fears and anger of millions to seize the nomination of one of America’s two major political parties.
Frighteningly, he has come closer to the White House than any figure like him in American history. Joe McCarthy and Father Coughlin were once powerful figures in American politics too, but they were never chosen the presidential nominee of a major political party. That’s a feat only Trump has accomplished.
Is it any wonder that white supremacist organizations are rejoicing? They feel like this is their moment, just as Hitler and Mussolini’s acolytes felt in the 1920s and 1930s when the Nazis and Fascists were seizing power in Germany and Italy.
“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,” said Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan in a statement. “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.”
This feels like another moment where, once again, we’re left to wonder how this can possibly be happening. How can this be real? How did one of America’s major political parties end up with an unpatriotic neofascist as its nominee?