This birther business has just been one damn thing after another. Birther claims get wilder and wilder, and nastier and nastier. I guess the peak may have been when they said Michelle Obama was a man, accusing the President with lying about his family; however, when that happened, rather than being outraged, I just said “there go those silly birthers again.”
I have also become desensitized to the string of Tweets from Donald Trump, escalating in meanness and cluelessness. So when Trump said in a news conference:
Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press. Let’s see if that happens.
To me, that’s just a loose canon being a loose canon. The implications of Trump asking the Russian intelligence services to attempt to get access to possibly classified, and definitely sensitive information from Clinton’s former email server, are perhaps large, but as desensitized as I am to Trump being Trump, I didn’t give it a second thought.
Some are still capable of outrage, or at least faking outrage—enter Senator Harry Reid who considers Trump a danger to the country. Reid said in an interview with the Huffington Post:
How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous. Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.
This guy, he’s part of a foreign power. We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.
Trump, of course, needs no briefing since he, as he says, knows “more about ISIS than the generals do.”
Reid stopped short of accusing Trump of treason. So would I, but then I am desensitized.