Calling President Barack Obama "the most ignorant president in our history," Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took aim at rival Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying a Clinton presidency would be "even worse."
Speaking from Miami before he was scheduled to embark on a tour of swing states, Trump chided Democrats for not mentioning the Islamic State during the first day of the party's national conventions. Earlier, the GOP had pointed out that, despite a slate of 61 speakers during the first day of the convention, none of them mentioned ISIS, a claim verified by Politifact.
The Democrats did not give enough attention to the recent retaliatory murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, according to Trump, who also said there were few American flags seen on the convention floor compared to the GOP convention in Cleveland.
Trump also accused Clinton, who has gone more than 230 days without holding a news conference or speaking to reporters outside of carefully screened interviews, of dodging questions about her policies and the scandals that have dogged her campaign for the past year.
A President Clinton, Trump said, would continue the policies of the Obama administration.
"There's no change," the New York businessman charged. "It's going to be an extension of Obama."
The GOP candidate, who surpassed Clinton in national polls in late July, raised eyebrows when he called on Russian hackers to release the 30,000 emails the FBI said were deleted from Clinton's controversial homebrew email servers.
Instead of initially handing the servers over to the Department of State and allowing officials there to determine which emails were personal and which were public record, Clinton's aides deleted 31,830 emails from the private servers, claiming they were personal, according to Politico.
But a numeric analysis by the political publication found extensive "conspicuous lapses in email activity," with long stretches of no correspondence among the documents Clinton provided to the state department and the FBI.
The former Secretary of State signed documents saying she'd turned over all of her work-related emails, but FBI Director James Comey refuted Clinton's claim, saying her attorneys "cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery."
During his July 26 press conference, Trump said he believes hackers -- who likely gained access to Clinton's unsecured servers, Comey said -- have copies of those deleted emails. The real estate mogul directly called on Russian hackers to release those emails.
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said, reports USA Today. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."
Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign, accused Trump of inviting "a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent."
"That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts," Sullivan wrote in a statement. "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."