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Analysis: Why you can’t just ignore this statement from Donald Trump

This attitude, I must point out, is quite understandable as a mental health coping tactic. It is also deeply wrong. Trump remains the most powerful figure in the Republican Party and is widely seen as a strong frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination if he decides to run.

“I would think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would know the answer to that,” Trump said, while pushing an unproven claim about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Russia. “I think he should publish it. I think we should know that answer.”

Which, just in case you missed it, boils down to this: Trump is openly asking an opposing world power to help him dig up dirt on the son of the current President of the United States.

This is of course not the first time that Trump has asked Russia for help to smear his political opponents.

In July 2016, Trump said this about emails sent by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State: “Russia, if you listen, I hope you can find the missing 30,000 emails. , I think you will be rewarded mightily by our press.” (Around the same time, a Justice Department indictment said Russian intelligence agents attempted to access Clinton’s accounts.)

Now just imagine for a minute, if any another politician did something like this: repeatedly ask an opponent to help him find damaging information about a political opponent. (And let’s not forget this important context: we know that Russia actively interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump and hurt Clinton.)

Such a request from a Democrat about a Republican president would result in cascading condemnations, with some within the GOP probably suggesting the request was unpatriotic, right? Law.

But Trump has so moved the goalposts of acceptable conduct when it comes to what he says and does that the odds of his appeal to Russia to find dirt on Hunter Biden are barely making a ripple around the world. Politics.

This is both false and dangerous. Trump’s four years in office, which culminated in the US Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, reveal that simply rolling your eyes – or, as so many Republicans have done (and continue to do) , to get your hands in the sand – has a real -global consequences.

And those consequences mean you can’t just say, “It’s just that Trump is Trump.” Because “Trump being Trump” got us to where we are right now, which is a very dangerous place.

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