Donald Trump suggested at a press conference that the Russian government, which is reportedly responsible for the DNC email leak, should hack the U.S. government to find Hillary’s State Department emails. Donald’s explicit call for a foreign power to conduct espionage against the U.S. is one of the biggest political stories of the decade, but don’t expect the national media to cover it that way. They’re too busy trying to undermine Hillary.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.” – Donald Trump, July 27, 2016

This comes in the context of increasingly alarming connections between Donald, his campaign co-chair Paul Manafort, Russian hackers, and Russian lenders with ties to Putin.

Hillary for America Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan released the following statement:

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

We cannot state this any more plainly: Donald is an existential threat to the United States. He cannot be elected president.

Further, in saying that Russia will be “rewarded mightily by our press,” Donald is openly acknowledging – and exploiting – the media’s demonstrated hatred of Hillary.

It should utterly chill members of the media that Donald is (understandably) assured he can exploit their hatred of Hillary to collude with a foreign government.

At least some members of the media are keeping their heads about them and treating this with the gravity it deserves. David Gregory described Donald as like “a child playing with matches who doesn’t understand how badly he and the country can get burned.”

A child playing with matches, however, generally doesn’t have the sinister ties to those matches that Donald appears to have with Russia.

This is the man the Republican Party chose as their nominee. Is the Party of Reagan going to sit idly by while their candidate suggests that foreign government hackers should infiltrate the U.S. government?

If so, the entire party has abdicated all pretense of allegiance to this nation.

And if the national media can spend months hammering Hillary for her emails and give Donald a pass for this, then they are openly trying to elect him.

[Peter Daou contributed to this article.]

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