This is not normal

And the media (and soul-selling Republicans) need to stop pretending it is.  Ezra:

Trump’s press conference today was similarly bananas. He walked out onstage and blasted the job Tim Kaine had done in … New Jersey? Of course, Tim Kaine was the governor of Virginia. Trump seems to have literally confused the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee with Tom Kean, the former Republican governor of New Jersey.

Unwilling to stop there, Trump went on to comment on the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, which most experts think was conducted by Russia. “Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing — I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” he said.

So, yes, Donald Trump went out and asked a foreign government to conduct cyber espionage in order to help his campaign. This came only hours after his running mate, Mike Pence, had warned of “serious consequences” if Russia truly was behind the DNC hack. Apparently those serious consequences would be … future assignments from Donald Trump?

This isn’t normal behavior from a major American politician. It’s not even particularly normal behavior from Donald Trump. After he picked Mike Pence, empowered campaign chair Paul Manafort, and gave a structured convention speech, there looked to be a chance that Trump was unveiling a new, more sober persona for the general election. But he can’t do it. He can’t suppress his own mania for even a week.

It’s weird to keep saying this, but this is not okay. This is not a man with the temperament, the steadiness, the discipline to be president. The issue here isn’t left versus right, or liberal versus conservative, or Democrat versus Republican. It’s crazy versus not crazy. Donald Trump, of late, has been acting pretty crazy. That’s not acceptable in the job he’s running to fill. [emphasis mine]

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to This is not normal

  1. pino says:

    Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing

    Please don’t make me defend Trump.

    Clearly this was tongue in cheek. And clearly he thinks, rightly so, that Russia ALREADY has Clinton’s emails, because well, because she’s fricken stupid.

    Trump isn’t asking Russia to go get something they don’t have. He’s laughing at Clinton by pointing out that she can’t be trusted to run a public office.

    • Alex says:

      Who cares? Even if all of this is true, there are things as a leader of a country, you just can’t say, joking or not. It’s about prudence, not criminality.

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