Sarcasm or not, Trump’s remarks that were made in the wake of a leak into other hacked emails sent by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), have helped spawn the theory that Russia is deliberately meddling with the US presidential election, attempting to get Trump into the White House.
The leaked DNC emails showed how members of the Democratic Party had supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, despite publicly promising to remain neutral during the Democratic leader election campaign.
The emails, which were released by WikiLeaks, revealed communication between DNC staff about how to undercut the Sanders’ campaign. For example, one email sent by a member of the DNC suggested the publishing of a negative article about Sanders’ supporters (2). Another email spoke of how the chief financial officer of the DNC had suggested bringing up questions about Sanders’ faith and the fact it is believed that Sanders is an atheist, in order to undermine his candidacy campaign.
Sanders Still Supporting Clinton
While describing the emails as “outrageous”, Senator Bernie Sanders focused his anger towards Trump rather than the DNC staffers or Hillary Clinton.
“What’s important is defeating the worst candidate for president that I have seen in my lifetime,” said Sanders.
WikiLeaks did not divulge how it had acquired the hacked emails. The hack follows a statement made earlier this year by an independent security firm that the Democratic Party email system had been breached by Russian hackers.
The Clinton campaign accused Russia of being involved in the hacked emails (1), claiming Russian hackers stole the DNC emails and published them as a means of creating tension in the Democratic Party and to help assist Trump in the race to the White House.
In a statement, Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager said:
“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump. I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails are being released on the eve of our convention here.”
The Clinton campaign also claims that the hacked emails provided “further evidence” that Russia is attempting to influence the outcome of the election.
Trump’s Russia Remark
When presidential hopeful Donald Trump controversially said “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,”, many of Clinton supporters were quick to condemn the remarks (3).
As Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defense secretary said that Trump is “Asking a US adversary to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election.”
Such fears were also declared by the Clinton campaign, which referred to Trump’s remarks as being:
“The first major time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent.”
A tweet made by Twitter Moments captures how many Clinton supporters are of the belief that the DNC email leak is a Russian conspiracy to get Trump elected, stating:
“While Dems work to patch rifts over the #DNCleak, the Clinton campaign is pointing fingers at Russia and Trump” (4).
As Top Secret Writers reported earlier this year, the 2016 presidential election has exposed a deceitful corporate media, going back to the 19th century, when “newspapers were openly affiliated with political parties” (5).
Are the media and key democrats simply trying to throw the focus of the fact that Sanders may have had the candidacy stolen from him, or is Russia trying to influence the outcome of the US elections? If Wikileaks releases more emails in the future, perhaps the answer will become clearer.
References & Image Credits:
(1) The Guardian
(5) TSW: 2016 Election Has Exposed a Deceitful Corporate Media