Donald Trump was asked yesterday about the hack into the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails.
The Republican nominee said he did not know if Russia was behind that attack, but that he would like to see the Kremlin turn its attention to the 30,000 messages Mrs Clinton deleted prior to the FBI investigation into her email practices.
“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,” he said.
Mr Trump, who was giving a press conference in Florida, said it gave him “no pause” to essentially sanction Russian cyber hacking on an American official.
“Hey you know what gives me more pause? That a person in our government – Crooked Hillary Clinton – that a person in our government would delete or get rid of 30,000 emails,” he said.
“Now, if Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean to be honest with you I’d love to see them.”
Source: The Telegraph (UK)
I thought that was funny, and I thought his joke had a point. But almost every comment I’ve come across this morning treats Trump’s comment as a serious and shocking proposal.
Trump should have learned by this time something I learned very early as a newspaper reporter. When you engage in humor or irony, vast numbers of people will not recognize it as such unless it is labeled as humor or irony.