Democrats fell for Trump’s Russian email-hack bait

by Jake Novak |
July 28, 2016

Grand Theft Convention.

No, that’s not a new video game. But it is what we just saw Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats and Hillary Clinton are helping him do it!

During about an hour-long news conference earlier Wednesday, Trump was asked repeatedly about allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee’s emails that embarrassed the party on the eve of their national convention in Philadelphia. Trump quickly pivoted to also discussing Clinton’s private email-server controversy and the 30,000-plus emails the former Secretary of State had deleted from her private server under questionable explanations and circumstances.

Advantage Trump.

Then came the money quote, or the bait, when he said: “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.”

60 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bob says:

    Does anyone else find it ironic that the Libbies are all up in arms over the illegal hacking and release of the DNC e-mails but not about the actual content of the released documents? They show immoral, if not illegal, acts by the DNC and the Clinton Campaign to steal the election from both Sanders and Trump. Yet they are NOT incensed about that. I wonder why? Also, they are not outraged over the illegal obtaining and release of President Elect Trump’s tax returns, mainly since it was in their favor. Can they even spell “hypocrisy”?

  • DAWGNUTZ says:

    I find it hard to believe that the DEMS are so incoherent that they do not understand that the real question is “how can the Russians get access to the 30,000+ emails, and our brightest people cannot”? None of their own people are asking HOW?????????

  • cutterguy says:

    hes got the dummies stepping on, or in, their own private parts. love it

  • sox83cubs84 says:

    Trump is dominating everything he chooses to in regards to this election. and the hapless, clueless Democraps and liberal media are falling for it hook, line and sinker. Now THEY’RE the ones wetting their pants in panic and frustration.

  • June Schneider says:

    The liberals and the media really tried to spin what Trump said. Trump asked Russia & other governments if they had hacked “Over the Hillary’s” servers when she was Secretary of State to send the messages to us. The liberals and the media twisted his words by saying that he invited the Russians and others to hack her S of State servers now, which is clearly impossible. If a foreign government had done this and provided those records it would clearly point out that “Over the Hillary” was incompetent and the illegal service she had in place was a violation of the law and lead to information falling into the wrong hands. It would or should lead to an indictment against her.

  • Robert McFate says:

    He didn’t ask the Russians to hack anything. It’s an impossibility with the server off line and in FBI hands. He just asked that what they might have hacked be reveled!

  • Bob says:

    Why should the media actually report the news with out applying their spin? Funny how they jump right on the statement while NEVER reporting the context. Maybe they should question the DNC for blaming the Russians for the hack after Hillary “reset” the relations with them as Sec State. OOPS, that would really disagree whit their political slant.

  • I Seigel says:

    Let’s see those tax returns, Donald! Why not show us how successful you are? Or is there something in there you’d rather not make public?

    1. EMM47Dr says:

      @I Seigel – why don’t you tell the IRS to rush and complete the audit so that he can release the taxes…Since they have unfairly audited him for the past ?13 years they should be able to complete it quickly…How long have they been working with last years? If you are a Republican….shame on you; if you are a democrat- then why don’t you work on getting Hillary to get lost with her dishonest and lying self..How can you not see the level of her dishonesty and lack of integrity? Would you release your tax papers if you were being audited?

      1. I Seigel says:

        What does the IRS say about these audits? We’ve only heard from Trump, as far as I can tell. And if he submitted returns that are being audited, then he can release those returns. If not, why not? Let his supporters and the press, who he likes and hates, decide.

    2. Robert Francis says:

      Post yours…Give us all a laugh !!

  • John Wesley Bletsch says:

    Trump only said what the rest of us are saying: if Russian hackers have the emails let us have them. Other than that STFU and sit down. Hillary by her response gave a public admission of guilt in the matter.

  • twspears6007 says:

    Lets see Hillary Clinton decided that having a private server to handle all her emails was a convenience to her to co mingle her private and Government emails on the same server she also stated that she only used 1 server to keep records of her e-mails Clinton used at least two to three other servers to store her e-mails. Hillary issued a order to her State Department employees to not store Government e-mails on a private server. Hillary continued to do this anyway a proven hypocritical act. Hillary went on to delete 33,000 emails stating that they were simply personal e-mails about her private dealings with family,friends and acquaintances. Hillary hired a group of lawyers to go through the e-mails to assist in deleting them. She needed lawyers give me a break. I have deleted thousands and thousand of my e-mails with little effort to do so. Hillary is a liar and her handling of her emails proves she has endangered the security of this nation. Hillary broke the law and The FBI Director Comey covered for her and recommended no criminal charges be filed against Hillary. Now a new controversy has come up with Donald Trump hoping not directing that if Russia has Hillary’s 33,000 deleted e-mails they should reveal them and the press would reward them. The Democrats accuse Trump of espionage with the Russians. If these 33,000 emails were all just personal e-mails what espionage has taken place? Why the outrage about Trumps remarks that were in reality political and really funny satire. No espionage here just plain American humor. Trenton Spears

    1. Hammer the Bar'stewards says:

      Of course Hillary Clinton would be a little upset if the Russian’s or Chinese have the 33,000 ‘personal’ emails that she claims were all innocent and just between family and friends, that’s understandable to anyone, however what ‘we the people’ do not understand is why the whole of the Democratic Party seem to be furious that the Russian’s or the Chinese or another unfriendly power may release these ‘personal’ 33,000 emails to the world’s press. Now I myself am thinking that if they are just ‘personal’ and ‘just between family and friends’ then why all the hooha, surely if they hide no secrets then the Dems have nothing to worry about – unfortunately for Hillary and the Democratic Party ‘we the people’ are pretty damn sure that somewhere in those 33,000 emails there are Government Secrets or Private Government Messages between Obama and Clinton that will finally COOK THEIR GOOSE!

  • Walter Flatt says:







  • disqus_7KiKMOOd1L says:

    Dems are idiots! Obviously, Trump was referring to the 30,000 e-mails that might have been already hacked by the Russians BEFORE Hillary erased them, and he was chiding them to produce what they might have. The Dems jumped on this because they have NOTHING left in their playbook. That’s ALL they do is bash Trump because they have nothing positive to offer the American people. What they’ve given us the last 8 years has diminished America. Same M.O. as previous campaigns – bash the opponent. 2016, 2012, 2008..same old, same old. Because they have NO RECORD to run on.

  • 4USA2 says:

    The BIG PROBLEM with the Democrats isn’t “WHO” hacked into Hillary’s e-mail server …. it’s that Hillary was using a personal UNSECURED server to conduct Government Business on and being unsecured is WHY IT GOT HACKED! Oh, and let me remind everyone that 8 years ago it was Barack Obama who was rubbing and patting the leg of the BIG HONCHO RUSSIAN while Obama was saying “wait until I get elected and I’m gonna, gonna, gonna”! Obama was the Russian “kisser-upper” …. not Donald Trump. Oh, and one other thing …. it was Hillary who made a deal with Russia to give them 20% of the USA’s uranium and THEN, Russia gave that uranium to IRAN so they could continue enriching for the purpose of getting the NUKE! Democrats want to PUSH everything they’ve done, onto Republicans, but find the video footage folks, and you will see Obama rubbing/patting the Russian’s leg while he was saying “I’m gonna, gonna … wait til I’m elected”!!!! Gotcha Dems! Caught on CAMERA!

  • champion2211 says:

    Trump knows what to do Hillary is lost.

    1. EMM47Dr says:

      I hope and pray that is so…

  • nonametoday says:

    Unfortunately, liberals do not get “joke,” the reason their last two presidents and their current nominee were deemed honest and full of integrity, but instead they are big “frigging jokes.”

  • justinwachin says:

    Donald Trump won the Republican nomination using this tactic. It may work for him in the general election. Instantly Donald Trump managed to capture the media’s attention at a time when a Republican presidential nominee would normally be relegated to minor status.

    Those who listen to what Donald said understands that he was making a reference to Hillary’s deleted emails. He is not encouraging Russia to hack anything. He basically stated that if a hacker could produce Hillary’s missing emails that they could probably make a lot of money by selling them to media outlets.

    I can’t believe the Democrats gave Donald any time in last night’s convention. They should know by now that Donald is a master of self promotion and that he is going to take full advantage of any media opportunities.

  • otoman says:

    Due to the lack of understanding among liberals that an education is generally required to survive in America this country has been cancelled due to the lack of funds to support liberal ideology that someone else other than themselves owe them a living.

  • cathylovesyou says:

    Democrats have little or no sense of humor. They can’t laugh at themselves, they hardly ever smile,always angry looking and never get a joke. You can’t talk with them for the past 20 years, ala Ann Coulter’s book. They are always complaining about the same things, always gaming minorities who trust them.They should really get a job thank God and America for their great lives everyday. Pleas stop WHINING.

  • John Siemens says:

    Trump’s ability to get free advertising shows up again!

  • alenworn says:

    the butt hurt among the dems is going to be epic when Trump wins

  • p-40-bob43 says:

    You people have the intelligence of a freaking ant. What he said on national T.V. Inviting the Russians to hack into our national security computers is nothing but TREASON Period. Even if he was joking which he was not , it sent a message to all other Governments around the world that the Y. S. cannot be trusted as an ally . Just saying the words to Russia ” I wish you could send more e-mails is an open invitation to a foreign country to hack our intelligence agency’s computers. He has no depth of foreign affairs and the scary part is he does not care to know or learn. He just get’ all you uneducated moron’s to follow him. It is easy to get voted for preaching hate and change, But some change could damage this country. The Congress and the Senate will stymie him in this country , but on foreign affairs you are asking for some very big problems . he is giving other the green light to do what they want , he is doing what Richard Chamberlain did after he showed the piece of paper he got from Hitler to the British. If Trump breaks up NATO , Russia will move right back in , Trump seems to be willing to let Russia have Crimea and all of the Ukraine . If Russia takes all of Ukraine then the rest of eastern Europe will follow and we will have no recourse. The problem with this mad man is what he doesn’t know he is unwilling to learn and take advice , and you people are stupid enough to just say YEA we want change. The change you want may not be the change you get. He will make Corporate American greater yet but you won’t see an extra dollar in your pocket. He talks about American jobs, but he has business all over the world , do you really think he would try to hurt is own income , if so then you are dumber then I thought and will never change your mind.Just remember If he screws up real bad, He will be impeached or if he gives the Military unconstitutional orders , they will revolt and we will have a military coupe in this country. He does not want to lead the country , He wants to Rule the country. .

    1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

      Bull Manure!!!

    2. Nunica Joe says:

      You are calling us uneducated morons, but I believe that title belongs to you. Your reading comprehension skills apparently don’t exist. Trump did not say anything at all about Russia hacking into our Intelligence agency’s computers. Hillary did not use any intelligence agency computers, she used multiple devices that were not secure. Trump knowing that, since they were not secure, that Russia had hacked all her e-mails before they were deleted. Our FBI and State Dept. can’t retrieve those e-mails, so obviously he was asking them to release e-mails that they already have. I guess you probably think the current ( hope and change) of Obama is wonderful.—My vote will be for Trump.

    3. James Shipman says:

      So what is the problem and how can it be treason if as Hillary said, those emails were personal and contained no information about her government job? That is unless Hillary was lying AGAIN!

    4. Jimmee41 says:

      Look…another one of those dopey peeps who just doesn’t get it!!!!!

    5. twspears6007 says:

      P-40-bob-43 One answer who has been ruining this Nation for the last 7.6 years your hero Muslim loving Barrack Hussein Obama and Secretary of failure Hillary Rotten and Corrupt Clinton. Under whos administration has Russia invaded a soverign nation Crimia with no action from our President Barrack Obama. Who negoiciated the sale of uranium to the Russians Hillary the socialist Clinton Your comments have no real facts and mostly speculation of which is the basis for liberal thinking. Trenton Spears

    6. Hammer the Bar'stewards says:

      Go away and die you frekin idiot!
      Richard f*****g Chamberlain ha, ha,ha was a frekin actor you dumass mf!
      The man in question was Neville Chamberlian and what TF is the Y. S.
      You are a frekin numbskull idiot!

      TRUMP will be the next POTUS!

  • ONTIME says:

    The sarcasm was enough to light up Curly Joe Biden the gaff master, he thought it was a BFD………LOL…….The DNC is shook and they are swimming in pond scum……caught red handed and now they won’t take the blame….

  • Webb says:

    Americans…We have a Choice once again, Freedoms and Liberties as stated by our Constitution or More Policies, Rules and Regulations or Less Of The American way of Life.
    The DNC Anointed Hillary which is evident from the hacked E/mails…
    So Make The Choice, Democrat or Republican Leadership…Hoping Trump can Change Things In D.C. We Know what Hillary will Give Us as President, four more years of Obama!!

  • David Stovall says:

    Beautiful trap. He didn’t say hack , he said find. It is assumed they were already hacked, because Hillary was so careless. Just find them amongst everything she mishandled,, and exposed to the world. And the Democrats are squealing in the trap.

    1. dmttbt says:

      The emails that were found were suppose to be unimportant according to Hillary. Hillary said the 52% THAT SHE DELETED AND SCRUBBED WERE NOT IMPORTANT. I didn’t know that if I or you received a congressional subpoena we could just delete whatever part we felt was not necessary because we think it was private. Trump didn’t have to be clever to win, all he needed was Hillary and the rest to be themselves and the rest was obvious.*** Why is she not being held in jail like you or I if we had done what she did? The idiots are still trying to give her the white house.

  • Glenn says:

    For a number of years now, the fact is known that the internet is not safe and can easily be hacked. But yet our government has allowed different departments to use the internet, but have information that is available that can damage the country. But again you now know, Hillary did not intentially make this information available. But as Secretary of State she should intentionally know that using a public server would cause a huge security problem

    1. Jimmee41 says:

      Well Comey said she wasn’t very sophisticated!!!!

    2. rc says:

      well…you and the media still don;t get it. She purposefully choose not to protect material by using her own server because she is insecure and thought she was going to keep her Clinton Foundation illegal blackmail emails all hidden. First she breaks the law with the foundation, then she breaks the law again to keep the first set of criminal acts hidden. America has never seen such combination of clever, narcissist and criminal since Hannibal Lector!.

    3. Bob says:

      The standard answer that “Powell and Rice both used private e-mail” doesn’t really fly if you think logically. Neither one had their e-mails hacked and put out for all to see. While they may have used the likes of Hotmail or Gmail, they were never accused of sending confidential, much less secret, information on private accounts (nor did they appear as irresponsible or arrogant to believe it would be okay to do so.)

  • oat21 says:

    It’s unbelievable how an American could praise Obama’s speech, Michelle’s speech or the DNC in General with Obama’s comments (indicated below in Joe’s comments) about “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”, his wife’s inability to say God Bless America at the end of her speech and the DNC not flying any American flags at their convention, interrupting and harassing the opening prayer of a minister / priest and not allowing any representation of the 8 murdered police officers. The sinful disgusting DNC is the party of Hell and the devil itself. Any true American who believes in our country and God will vote for Trump in November.

  • regulus30 says:

    just as Sean Hannity said;; how stupid are dumocrap/liberals;; the server has been destroyed.

  • JOE says:

    In the city of Brotherly Love, the home of Rocky Balboa,

    “Hillary Clinton is not qualified” to be president, Bernie Sanders told a crowd of supporters packed into Temple University’s arena, delivering his fiercest jab yet to the struggling Democratic front-runner.

    “Now the other day, I think, Secretary Clinton appeared to be getting a little bit nervous,” he began. “We have won, we have won seven out of eight of the recent primaries and caucuses. And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote unquote, not qualified to be president.

    “Well let me, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton: I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds,” he said. “I don’t think you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.”

  • JOE says:

    Obama “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,BUT CHRISTIAN ARE FAIR GAME!

    1. Ethel Halstead says:

      What I do not understand is how any sane person could possibly believe that a true and just God—or Allah, if you will— would turn over countless innocent virgins to such as would slit the throat of an innocent priest, or behead—and even burn alive— innocent people simply because they were Christians, or of a faith other than Islam. Only a demon God would, or could be that soulless, heartless and cruel. Another thing I cannot understand is how any mother or father, except demon parents, could sell her sons and daughters to a group of soulless murders to become human bombs.
      But, fortunately, for my own peace of mind, I do believe in an all powerful God who can, and will, take care of it all.
      Christians around the world now are once again praying for these evil beings to be removed from this earth, and they will be removed. No matter where evil exists, God knows where you are. You cannot hide. God does answer prayer when enough good people believe and ask for his help. So when you see your bodies begin to fail, and nothing works for you anymore, you’ll know that, while God would never just kill you outright, but instead has completely removed his protective spirit from your body, and therefore you no longer have any protection, and there’s no way you can protect yourself. God’s protection was built in from your birth, and only God can remove it. When it is removed, It will be just as if you have aids, and your own body’s antibodies have stopped working. Even a simple germ that normally would be destroyed in an instant by your body’s natural protection will now cause your body to deteriorate from the inside out.
      You don’t believe this? Well, I’m not asking you to believe, I’m just telling you that you have two choices: Keep up you evil deeds while a world of peace-loving believers are praying for your demise, and then wonder what’s happening when your bodies begins to rot from the inside—- or you can stop your evil deeds!!!
      You should also know that nothing on earth can stop God when a world of good people are asking for his help to combat evil.
      Go check out the story of Apollo 13. A totally lost space shuttle was drifting to its doom without any earthly means of controlling it. Then a world of people began to pray for its safe return and the shuttle was not only saved, it made one of the most perfect landing of any shuttle. You don’t have to believe that either. But it happened, and that’s just one of countless, untold miracles that came directly from God when people prayed in mass numbers.

  • JOE says:

    Mental Illness or Demonic Oppression?

      1. ONTIME says:

        There are so many negative adjectives to describe the DNCommunist, it’s like a buffet of filth from the local dump….

    1. pianobill says:

      It’s stupidity.

    2. otoman says:

      Neither. Liberalism is choice, A VERY BAD CHOICE.

    3. Smitch says:

      Liberals are people walking around with their heads up their rectums! Kind of like an enema!

  • peter says:

    The democrats don’t recognize something out of their own playbook?

  • KT says:

    There needs to be some Wisdom used here on Mr. Trump’s behalf….There is a time to say things and a Time not too, He needs to be wise to be slow to speak, quick to think and watch out for the Media because they are looking to set…..him up! Republican party needs to have a spokes person to address the media on somethings like this….We already have voters that are being ridiculously foolish staying home & not voting! This Election is like a Chess game, Trump needs to get smart & strategic.

  • Dan says:

    Democrats don’t understand sarcasm unless it comes from Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon or that crusty old David Letterman….Then it’s supposed to be funny.

    1. oat21 says:

      They’re all disgusting, not funny and unAmerican conspirators and radical extremists against the American way of life where freedom should reign for all Americans not just Liberal left wing socialists.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      47% of the people between the ages of 18 to 29 get their political news from late night comedy shows! The school systems have done their jobs well, DUMB DOWN!!

    3. nonametoday says:

      You call what these jerks say about GOP joking? I call it hate.

    4. 7papa7 says:

      I think the entire thing is hysterical. This just shows how lame the democrats are. Supposedly Trump is asking Russia to hack a computer that is no longer on line, in the hands of the FBI and probably not even plugged in. If the Russians can do that we better be really afraid of there ability to hack but the left seem to think that they can do it. Boy they don’t get it at all. I can’t believe how beautifully Trump set them up to look totally stupid. If the dems can’t deal with this they are in deep deep trouble for the November election assuming that voter fraud can be kept to a minimum.

    5. dmttbt says:

      Don’t leave out that other late night transplant who I cannot even think of his name, a smaller idiot than the rest but only in size. I understand humor but it shouldn’t be a total lie. I am not laughing. The other bad thing is that people who have been to college have been indoctrinated into thinking the government should do everything and I know the government should do nothing. That is what they are good at.

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