Jeff Pearlman

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When a hostile foreign government approaches …

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When a hostile foreign government approaches with damaging information on your opponent, you say …

“No.”

It’s quite simple. You say no. Then you report the activity to the FBI and CIA. Then you actually reach out to your opponent’s campaign and say, “Look, just so you know …” Then you tell reporters, “This happened and we said, ‘Fuck off.'”

Why do you take such steps? Easy—because you’re an American before you’re a candidate. Because righteousness trumps winning. Because the idea of an opposing nation spying on us sickens you; angers you; infuriates you.

You report the foreign government because you want to win the right way. You want to win on ideas and ideals and philosophy. You want to inspire people and make their lives better. You want to beat your opponent because—simply—you’re the preferred person for the job.

When a hostile foreign government approaches with damaging information on your opponent, you say “No.”

And you don’t even need a second to think about it.

  • John Atkins

    ‘You report the foreign government because you want to win the right way.’

    With all due respect, I think that’s where the argument stops: they don’t care how they win, so long as they win. Doing it the ‘right’ way or moral way or any of that never entered their minds.

    They have no morals.

  • Ted Mark

    You report the foreign government because when a foreign government attempts to influence or subvert an election in the United States it is an act of war against The United States and its citizens.

  • Bennett Kugler

    Seriously, you don;t believe that Hillary would have taken the meeting? Come on. She would have sent Bill and he would have gotten the info, her hotel key and her underwear

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