Donald Trump dared a foreign government to commit espionage on the U.S. to hurt his rival on Wednesday, smashing yet another taboo in American political discourse and behavior.
“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you’ll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said, referring to deleted emails from the private account Hillary Clinton used as secretary of State. “I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump made the remarks at a lengthy and unusual news conference in Doral, Fla., in which he also said NATO is outdated, told a reporter to “be quiet” and said the reason that the Democratic National Committee was hacked was because foreign leaders do not respect the U.S. He also called President Obama “the most ignorant president in our history,” alleged that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had disparaged Obama with “the n-word” and inaccurately paraphrased Obama speaking in a stereotype of African American dialect.