Donald Trump is attacking Democrats for not making convention speeches about how to beat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism.
- Trump’s attack is false. President Bill Clinton laid out the surest way to beat ISIS in his speech last night: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.”
- Trump’s attack is inconsistent with his own philosophy. Trump trumpets his own refusal to lay out a clear anti-ISIS policy on the assertion that we shouldn’t tell the world our plans because “We must as a nation be more unpredictable.” If Democrats say nothing about ISIS, they are playing Trump’s card-hiding game even better than Trump. Trump should be saying, “Carry on!”
Related: Pope Francis, speaking after two ISIS-linked murderers attacked a French church and killed a priest, says the world is at war, “a war of interests, for money, resources, dominion of peoples…. I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war.”
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which researchers have concluded was likely the work of two Russian intelligence agencies [Ashley Parker, “Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails,” New York Times, 2016.07.27].