Russia, if you’re listening

The New York Times reports, aghast –

DORAL, Fla. — Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election. His comments came amid questions about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, which researchers have concluded was likely the work of two Russian intelligence agencies.

Trump seems to think he and Clinton are business rivals, or perhaps contestants on a reality tv show – Top Campaigner maybe? He seems to have forgotten that the object of their rivalry is the presidency, and that presidents (and thus aspirants to the presidency) shouldn’t be encouraging foreign autocrats to spy on our own secretaries of state.

Or, to put it more bluntly, he seems to be flirting with treason, which isn’t a good look on a major party candidate.

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