The Similarities Between the Trump and Nixon Administrations

The Similarities Between the Trump and Nixon Administrations

“But when the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” President Richard Nixon famously remarked in his post-presidency interview with British journalist David Frost. Despite of that delusional comment being said by megalomaniac with a God-complex, the implication is that he felt the power granted to him by the people and the constitution should go unchecked. Does anything about that sound familiar right now? Are there similarities between Presidents Trump and Nixon?

China’s President Xi Jinping recently extended his tenure as the nations leader, which is allegedly now a lifetime appointment. “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” President Trump said inside the ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago resort. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” Disregard the unconstitutionality of his comment being anywhere close to a possible scenario, but hasn’t Trump been cruelly harsh with China since the 2016 campaign trail? He was critical on China’s currency; with unfair trade deals under the Trans-Pacific Partnership and their lack of action in keeping North Korea in check. Though, something doesn’t add up here. Is it possible that his ineptitude of the contents of the U.S. Constitution is so severe that he thought a lifetime appointment was plausible? Or, is the power of the office, like Nixon, going to his head. You can’t possibly be surprised because Trump seemed to be a megalomaniac long before he became president.

Unchecked power is certainly one of the striking similarities between Trump and Nixon. Both were hypercritical of the media, both were investigated during their presidencies and both also claimed vindication when it simply wasn’t the truth. Lies were designed to discredit and delegitimize investigations against them. It was their modus operandi to manipulate their bases into loyalty.

Unchecked power is certainly one of the striking similarities between Trump and Nixon

October 20th, 1973 during the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon fired independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, the deputy prosecutor held a press conference stating, “Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.”

Former FBI Director James Comey was investigating the Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections when Trump fired him in a letter that claiming that it was of the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. During Comey’s Senate hearing and on Twitter, sometimes cryptically and other times straightforward, the former FBI director has defended his reputation at the FBI and denies being a “nutjob” as Trump allegedly said about him after his firing.

The Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, however bogus and Manchurian Candidate-ish you may think it is, the writing is suspiciously on the wall. It’s possible that in the wake of the 2008 U.S. economic crisis, Trump could’ve been looking overseas to protect his assets. And it’s possible that he found unlikely allies in Russia (and possibly Ukraine) to bail out his business empire – with the catch being to launder money and being their puppet whenever he’s called upon. It’s possible that he was called upon for the 2016 General Election with the hopes that when he’s elected President, that he will lift sanctions – specifically oil sanctions – against Russia.

If you’re thinking that’s a far-fetched conspiracy theory, then ask yourself why wouldn’t he release his tax returns instead of making up implausible reasons for not doing so like, “nobody wants to see them” and “his tax attorneys’” instructed him not to do so? Wouldn’t he want full-transparency if he were innocent? Especially when you consider that his charges are treason or conspiracy, or both, then that would be an easy way to shut up all of his critics. Instead, he whines about it being a witch-hunt to his base.

Why wouldn’t he release his tax returns

And that’s exactly what Nixon’s modus operandi was with the media and all of his adversaries. On the front pate of the New York Daily News on August 16th 1973, the headline read “Nixon Blasts ‘False Charges’ Asks Public to End ‘Obsession, Get On With Nation’s Business.’” We all know what happened to Nixon shortly after that.

As the cliché goes, history repeats itself. Why should this be any different?

~ by Jennifer Slate

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  1. Jennifer, you have a multitude of unsubstantiated innuendos and suspicious possibilities here and an obvious desire to demand integrity and honesty at the highest level of Federal government. Thanks to the Constitutional government we have, no agency or political person goes unchecked. Nixon was impeached, Comey has been exposed, Hillary has been exposed, and many others at the highest level of government . So as you say, history does repeat itself. Should President Trump break the laws of our land, history will repeat itself. Before he became President, he was immersed in the ways of the world as a businessman, but now he has been elected to a higher calling to keep his promises and serve citizens and the entire U.S.A., not himself. He is doing this within the checks and balances of the Constitution and his approval rating is going higher in national polls.

    • Hi Jack,

      Although Nixon was certainly heading for impeachment, he actually resigned before that happened. You know, you say Comey and Hillary were “exposed,” which is ironic because that is also an unsubstantiated claim. Also, your use of “higher calling” when referring to Trump becoming is suspicious because it seems to infer “God’s path,” and also “he was immersed in the ways of the world as a businessman,” inferring that he was good at it. It’s incredible to even think that because it’s almost certain and not surprising at all that Trump had an affair with a porn star while his wife Melania was nursing a 4 month old Baron. Or the fact that he had a reputation for stiffing contractors and even defrauded hundreds in the Trump University scandal. The way you wrote that comment seems to imply that he was a noble business man and even more noble to accept the “monumental” task of fixing the country. Also, you talk about checks and balances as if he’s not constantly trying to delegitimize and antagonize journalists, federal agencies, states, members of both parties in Congress and even his own staff that he put in place. The goal of the article was to point out the facts and let the reader make up their own mind. The innuendos that you read into are just suspicious circumstances that echo the Nixon administration, but thank you for taking the time to read the article and I sincerely appreciate your feedback.

      -Jennifer Slate

      P.S. Trump recently posted on Twitter that his Approval rating was around 50 percent and it’s not. Rasmussen was the highest at 44 percent and Gallup had it 39 percent. And that makes him one of the least popular president in recent history.


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