In the aftermath of the Republican Convention Donald Trump has had, for Trump at least, a relatively quiet week. He’s been firing off tweets as various Democrats have taken the stage and on Wednesday held a wide-ranging press conference in Florida that touched on issues that the Democrats have raised and avoided during the convention.
Polls continued to show Trump trending upwards after the GOP convention and the widely follow Real Clear Politics poll average now has Trump leading Clinton by +1.1 points which are a remarkable reversal over the past two weeks. Even The New York Times was speculating on what states Trump would need to win to gain the upper hand in electoral votes.
By now, it’s clear that Donald Trump has a realistic shot to become president.
— The New York Times
Of course, the polls may shift next week but for now, Donald Trump is riding high.
Trump holds a wide-ranging press conference
Trump held a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday. It was a typical Donald Trump performance in which he was willing to answer any question put forth, often in the rambling free form style that has come to characterize Trump.
Trump started out by noting that it’s been 235 days since Hillary Clinton has held a press conference, which is true. The press is generally hostile to Trump, but that doesn’t seem to bother him, and he continues to hold a press conference every week or two and answers all questions.
Blame it on the Russians
Not surprisingly, Trump’s press conference on Wednesday stole the headlines away from the Democratic convention. Trump suggested that he hoped that if the Russians had hacked Hillary Clinton missing 33,000 emails that they would release them.
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump on Twitter
Clinton campaign adviser Jake Sullivan quickly responded by noting, “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.”
Well, maybe so. But it was Clinton’s campaign manager, Robbie Mook, who opened up the Russian connection when he said, “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” The ‘experts’ were not identified and to many, it appeared a classic attempt at disinformation to distract supporters of Sen. Bernie Sander from expressing their anger at the DNC and Hillary Clinton over the details contained in the hacked emails.