So, what do you all think about Trump inviting foreign government to spy on candidates?
Contrary to what Trump thinks and says, Christopher Steele wasn't a foreign government or acting as an agent of one. The dossier was the work product of a DC based research firm hired by a conservative media group then the Democrats. Accepting opposition research from a company you hired is acceptable. Trump talking to world leaders, as part of his job is one thing.
Accepting it from a foreign government is another. Not reporting it, to me, is unethical. You think Russia is going to offer damaging information and not expect something in return?
I don't know...just seems highly unethical. Our founding fathers warned us against it - but that doesn't matter since neither party truly gives
about what our founders thought.
It's what Trump always does - he acts like a buffoon. It's not a schtick, it's just who he is.
As for the Christopher Steele thing, let's be honest, even though he wasn't a foreign government or agent, everyone knew where he was getting his information. He was hired because of his extensive contacts in Russia and as we all know now from this past Red Scare, any Russian is a de facto agent of the Russian government. If Steele was talking to anybody from Russia, he was basically talking to the Russian government (unless we want to back off of that "every Russian is a spy of the Russian government" thing, and that changes a lot of the past 2-3 years).
Almost everything Trump does is unethical, but he also lacks the ability, unlike his predecessors, of being able to cloak his unethical behavior with fancy sounding speeches and tried and true political talk that makes the unethical behavior sound okay. He can't sugarcoat anything. Of course he never should say out loud that he'll listen to foreign agents/governments regarding damaging information, but the reality is we've probably always done that. What we do with that is something else entirely. I don't specifically recall the Founding Fathers covering events like this - I don't think their imagination could fathom where we are right now.