Dear Donald Trump, stop acting like Putin's puppet. Do your job. Protect our elections.

USA TODAY | 7/16/2018 | Staff
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Trump fears that if he acknowledges what the Russians did on his behalf, he'll be an illegitimate president. But by acting like Putin's puppet, he already seems like one.

This witch hunt is turning up a disturbing number of witches, and none of them are that “400-pound guy on his bed” President Donald Trump sought to blame for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officials for hacking into the DNC and interfering with the 2016 election should have been another wake-up call for an administration that keeps defiantly hitting the “snooze” button. In fact, it’s time for everyone to open their eyes and act to save our democracy.

We can’t keep on conducting business as usual — especially with an administration that long ago jettisoned any semblance of normalcy. In light of these new indictments, at the very least Trump should have postponed Monday's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But of course he did not.

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Instead, Trump opened the meeting by stating that "getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing." Two hours later, here's what we learned: Trump did not validate the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. He did not state unequivocally that he will protect our elections going forward. He further seemed to be in complete denial about Mueller's findings and recent indictments. Instead, he blamed America and the DNC. And rather than stand up for American elections, he allowed Putin to deny the charges.

While the rest of us live in fear that our democracy has been hijacked by a foreign power, the president’s greatest fear seems to be that if he acknowledges what the Russians did on his behalf, his presidency would be illegitimate....
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