Donald Trump Says He Was Just “Being Sarcastic” About Asking Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton Actually

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Donald Trump, who thinks ‘irony’ has something to do with what his doctor said about eating too much red meat, is now claiming that he was “being sarcastic” when he invited Russian spy agencies to commit cyber espionage against Hillary Clinton.

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“Of course I’m being sarcastic. And they don’t even know frankly if it’s Russia,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News. “They have no idea if it’s Russia, if it’s China, if it’s somebody else. Who knows who it is?” (We do.)

In a separate appearance, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said...something to somewhat similar effect. “Well it wasn’t really a joke, per se,” Pierson said, lucidly. “It was more tongue-in-cheek, like we’ve been saying simply because that is the issue.”

Maybe! Although it did not sound like a joke, or tongue-in-cheek, or sarcastic, when he repeated the invitation several times in the moment, despite being given multiple opportunities to clarify (instead telling a reporter to “be quiet”), and then reiterated it after the fact in a written—well, tweeted—statement.

Comedy is hard.

Clinton Allies Put Out Literal Bounty for Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

Clinton Allies Put Out Literal Bounty for Donald Trump's Tax ReturnsPhoto: AP

To the frustration of Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald Trump’s most consistent position—perhaps his only consistent position, actually—throughout this ludicrous campaign season has been his refusal to release his tax returns. Now, at least two wealthy Hillary Clinton allies have put out a bounty for them.

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The reason given is that he is under audit, and that he cannot release his returns until the audit is complete. According to no less an authority than the IRS, this is a fake, made-up reason: The Republican nominee is free to make his returns public regardless of whether they are under audit. (As it turns out, the IRS has been auditing Trump for no less than 12 years, which is very unusual.)

In any case, the returns exist—his taxes are done by a mid-sized, Manhattan-based firm called WeiserMazars—and his reluctance to make them public implies that their contents are at best simply embarrassing and at worst outright damning. It is hardly a surprise then, that Moishe Mana, a top fundraiser for Clinton, has offered a $1 million gift to the charity of Trump’s choice if he releases them.

“Through his financial documents, we are trying to break into the image that he’s portraying to the American people,” Mana, a Miami real estate developer, told the Associated Press. “He says he’s a successful businessman who wants to do for the country what he did for his company. Well, go ahead, show me the money.”

On a phone call will reporters earlier this month, Clinton ally David Brock said that he had documentation proving a “lifelong Republican” had put $5 million into a bank account, to be given to a veteran’s charity of Trump’s choosing if he released his returns.

Speculation abounds that Trump’s reluctance is motivated by the fact that releasing his returns would reveal his ties to countries like Russia. Asked at a press conference in Doral, Florida, on Wednesday when he would release his returns, he said: “I don’t know. Depends on the audit.” The Associated Press reports:

Trump said Wednesday that he has no ties to Russia whatsoever, but that hasn’t stopped Democratic donors in Philadelphia from saying that in the absence of Trump’s tax returns, voters are left to wonder whether there are undisclosed financial ties between Trump and foreign entities.

“Think of what’s gone on just this week and connect the dotted lines,” said top Clinton donor J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire venture capitalist in Chicago. “I’m not sure what’s going on, but it sure doesn’t look good. The question is who his investors are, and whether there are any in China or Russia that are affecting his personal income.”

Mana also wants that answered. If Trump’s elected president, he said, “how much in debt would we be to other countries? This is about the security of the United States. We have the right to make sure he’s not in debt to other countries.”

“He is obfuscating in order to avoid being discovered as a liar,” Pritzker said. Asked in May to disclose even his tax rate, Trump said, “It’s none of your business.”

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102 Days and a Wake Up

102 Days and a Wake UpPresident Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embrace at the DNC. Photo: AP

Five Fun Science Experiments You Can Do at Home With Your Kids

You’ve already taken your summer trip, it’s too hot to do anything outside, and the kids are tired of the library. It’s the perfect time for at-home science experiments. These five experiments are fun even if you don’t have kids, but if you do, there’s even more reason to spend an afternoon exploring science.

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VP BOMBSHELL: Tim Kaine Allegedly Carries Multiple Harmonicas

VP BOMBSHELL: Tim Kaine Allegedly Carries Multiple HarmonicasPhoto: AP

While most were discussing whether America was (as President Obama asserted) sick as hell or (as Donald Trump countered) a total shithole, Gawker obtained some truly disturbing information Wednesday night: Senator Tim Kaine, a man who aspires to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, allegedly carries not one, or even two, but four harmonicas on his person.

Atlantic writer Molly Ball, who first reported the shocking secret, attributed the claim to a former Kaine staffer. Coming from an ex-employee who may have a score to settle, Gawker was initially skeptical of the information, but shortly after midnight we uncovered this alarming footage:

On social media, harmonica experts argued that such behavior was not usual for an experienced player. Which may be true, but can America afford to elect a man who might bust out the ol’ mouth organ during a key meeting with foreign dignitaries? Can we?

Hey, Have You Seen Tim Kaine’s Donald Trump Impression?

DAD STOP.

NOT IN FRONT OF MY FRIENNNDS.

Hey, Have You Seen Tim Kaine’s Donald Trump Impression?

DAD STOP.

NOT IN FRONT OF MY FRIENNNDS.

We Found the Email Hacker

We Found the Email Hacker

Earlier today, Donald Trump held a Reddit AMA, offering insights into such topics as whether he is getting tired of winning (he is not). But in the midst of his internet frenzy, Trump appears to have accidentally revealed the true identity of the DNC email hacker.

That unblinking stare. The deftly placed baby hands. A laptop. All signs of a master hacker at work. Russia, we’re sorry for jumping to conclusions. You’ve been framed.

[h/t Motherboard]

We Found the Email Hacker

We Found the Email Hacker

Earlier today, Donald Trump held a Reddit AMA, offering insights into such topics as whether he is getting tired of winning (he is not). But in the midst of his internet frenzy, Trump appears to have accidentally revealed the true identity of the DNC email hacker.

That unblinking stare. The deftly placed baby hands. A laptop. All signs of a master hacker at work. Russia, we’re sorry for jumping to conclusions. You’ve been framed.

[h/t Motherboard]

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