Is Trump a greater threat than Nixon?

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Go read Greg Sargent:

To be clear, Watergate involved criminality, which very well may not end up getting documented in the case of Trump or his top aides. And it’s also very possible that Trump will not end up trying to remove Mueller. But as Weiner pointed out to me, Trump has already waged war on the Justice Department in ways that have already been “extraordinarily reckless and dangerous for nigh on to a year.” And it’s too early to know how much more damage might be wrought, since we can’t predict the consequences of the differences between the Nixon era and our own — particularly that massive propaganda network and the influence it could have on Trump and/or congressional Republicans.

“We are seeing a repeat of Watergate at warp speed,” Weiner tells me. “If Trump moves to tear down the temple by firing Mueller and Rosenstein and putting in a platoon of stooges in charge of the administration of justice, and if Congress does nothing, then it will be beyond anything that Watergate presented.”

Sure, maybe none of this will end up happening. But go read David Leonhardt’s compilation of all the things Trump has already done to obstruct justice, and tell me whether you think that’s a slam-dunk bet.

4 Responses to Is Trump a greater threat than Nixon?

  1. Imhotep January 30, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    He is but in a different way.

    Unlike Trump, Nixon made all of the decisions.
    Trump makes no decisions.

    For example, Trump has no foreign or military policy.

    Trump leaves all of the decisions about our military policy up to his generals. The decisions that they make directly effect our foreign policy.

    In 2017 General Mattis increased our troop level in Afghanistan by 5,500 soldiers. From 8,500 to 14,000 troops.
    Once those additional troops started arriving, the situation on the ground began to deteriorate badly.

    So much so that General John Nicholson, Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan, told General Mattis to send him an addition 1,000 troops. Which Mattis authorized.
    Nicholson said that with his troop levels now at 16,000, he could “gain control of 80% of the country within 24 months.”
    What a joke.

    General Mattis’ decisions have made the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen far worse on all levels.

    Trump knows nothing about what Mattis is up to because Trump knows nothing about nothing.
    Unlike Nixon who knew everything about everything.

    Trumps delegation of authority and his lack of curiosity puts all of us in grave danger.

  2. dandy January 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    When Nixon was President, I can honestly report that I never felt that we were under a real nuclear threat———-even during the Cold War with Russia!

  3. Doug in Oakland January 30, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    During Watergate, there were Republicans who were appalled at Nixon’s behavior. There was a genuine chance of him being removed from office by a 2/3rds vote in the senate, and it was supposedly that news brought to him by Republicans that convinced him to resign.

    I don’t think we know the whole story of Fergus’ misdeeds yet, but a general picture of it is slowly coming into focus.
    What I see as the difference, and the thing that amplifies whatever threat to the country he and his behavior present, is there are no Republicans who will hold him to account for anything now, and they control congress.
    If the Republicans had been the majority in 1974, would there have even been a threat of impeachment?
    Maybe.
    Right now?
    Right now video from three different angles could surface of Fergus eating a live baby and we couldn’t get 60 votes to start debate.

  4. Izquierdo January 31, 2018 at 1:36 am #

    Yes, and it’s not even close.
    Trump is by far the worst person to occupy the WH in America’s history.

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