In a piece at The American Conservative, Pat Buchanan compares Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, whom he says couldn’t be more different in character, but whose administrations also bear striking similarities. One similarity Pat hones in on is the contempt in which the men are held by the Deep State bureaucrats working for them.
Nixon’s achievements in his first term were extraordinary.
He went to Beijing and opened up Mao Zedong’s China to the world, negotiated with Moscow the greatest arms limitation agreement since the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, and withdrew all U.S. forces from South Vietnam.
He desegregated the South, ended the draft,…and gave the vote to all 18-year-olds, indexed Social Security against inflation. He then won a 49-state landslide in 1972, creating a “New Majority,” and setting the stage for Republican control of the presidency for 16 of the next 20 years.
But in June 1972, a bungled bugging at the DNC, which Nixon briefly sought to contain and then discussed as the White House tapes were rolling, gave his enemies the sword they needed to run him through.
The same deep state enemies await a similar opening to do to Trump what they did to Nixon. Rely upon it.
Buchanan is promoting a new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. Read more here.