Trump and Russian infiltration

Exactly why does Donald Trump have such a blind spot about Russia?

Donald Trump famously told us that he could shoot someone and he could still get elected. The question is can he come out unscathed from the latest finding by the CIA ("Russian interference," Dec. 12)? We already know that Mike Pence and Paul Ryan have said it is OK for Mr. Trump to lie. But how deep can the lies go?

When I was in basic training, we used to chant, "What makes the green grass grow: blood, blood, commie blood." Not a pleasant chant. I suppose it was used to define the enemy. Now the USSR is gone, but Russia has emerged as a new enemy engaged in guerilla warfare using technology in a way that we have never seen. Part of the issue is that the Internet has become embedded in our way of life. We don't even think about the security issues that exist in our own homes.

Because John Bolton, Mr. Trump and some other Republicans are saying that they are unsure if it is Russia, you start to wonder if Russia has infiltrated the government in a way that we have not suspected.

A presidency with Mr. Trump will be tarnished forever. I suggest that we draft Gov. John Kasich and Rep. Charlie Dent. They do not want to be drafted, but we need to give faithless electors a choice. Please reach out to all of the "red" states and talk to your Republican friends about such a compromise.

Mark Pinsley, Allentown, Pa.

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