During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attempted to mock President Donald J. Trump by making the same joke he did about the Russians finding her deleted emails.
While on the campaign trail, President Trump famously joked that he hoped Russia could find Clinton’s purged emails. Many Republicans believed she broke the law when she deleted thousands of emails before they could be reviewed by the government, and President Trump seized on this issue during the 2016 campaign.
“If [the hacking] is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country when they would hack into a major party and get everything,” said the president. “I will tell you this: Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Many Democrats have attempted to reframe this obvious joke as the mythical “Russian collusion” they have been desperately looking for since President Trump’s election, and now Clinton appears to have joined in on the fantasy, calling for China to steal President Trump’s tax returns.
“Why don’t we ask China to back us?” asked Clinton, rhetorically. “Hey China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns. I’m sure the media would richly reward you.”
“Let’s have a great power contest, and let’s get the Chinese in on the side of somebody else.”
Clinton also made the baseless claim that the Russians are attempting to aid Republicans, when the Mueller report revealed that they not only also supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, they also supported Black Lives Matter, the LGBT community, and Islam.
Of course, the irony becomes palpable when considering the reports that former vice president turned Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son completed a deal worth $1.5 billion with China.
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