PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Democratic National Convention has certainly been dealt a Trump card. And word is, the Russians are behind the deal.
WikiLeaks leaked 20,000 DNC emails (believed to be courtesy of Russian hackers) revealing the Democrats' sending interns to beef up anti-Trump rallies, paying young voters to push back online against Bernie Sanders supporters, and probably the worst, suggesting reporters question Sanders' religious practices because they thought his Jewish beliefs would work against him among Southern Baptists.
"As I think all of you know," Sanders said at a rally Monday, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned yesterday as chair of the DNC."
Amazingly, Wasserman Schultz still showed her face at a DNC breakfast Monday. But protestors were there to "BOOOOO!" here loudly, holding signs like "We Don't Want Cheaters in Our Party. Go Away!!"
For their part, Democrats are trying to shift the focus. "What''s disturbing to us," said Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, "is the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump."
Via Twitter, Trump called that a "joke." But will it be Putin having the last laugh?
The Russians' alleged shadiness doesn't end there. Can you say "Olympic Doping Scandal"? Russia's government and sporting authorities not only encouraged athletes to cheat with drugs but helped them cover it up. And yet, they "convinced" the International Olympic Committee not to ban all 387 of their athletes flat out.
"The International Sports Federations will carry out an individual analysis of each athlete's anti-doping record," explained Thomas Bach, International Olympic Chairman president.
"This was about caving into a friend who had done them a huge favor, putting on those Olympics in Socchi," explained CNN sports analyst Christine Brennan, "and now they get the favor returned by not kicking their entire team out of the Olympic games."
One banned Russian pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, wrote on Instagram, "Let those pseudo-clean foreign athletes breathe a sigh of relief and win their pseudo-Gold medals in our absence." So much for remorse.
Looks like in the political arena and the Olympic arena, Russians are trying to break us. We'll have to wait and see if they get away with it!