Comparisons between Donald Trump and the late President Richard Nixon cropped up immediately after the former assumed office and it became clear that his administration was going to be just as if not more corrupt than that of the man who resigned from the Oval Office in disgrace.
Now, the comparisons have taken on even more weight as talk of impeachment begins to swirl. In his report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out ten different incidents in which it appears Trump sought to obstruct justice. The Department of Justice has a protocol that prohibits the indicting of a sitting president, so the task falls to Congress to hold our criminal leader accountable through impeachment. It’s clear that Trump is growing increasingly concerned.
Today, the Democrats had John Dean — former White House counsel to Nixon and a major player in the Watergate scandal — testify before Congress. He pointed out the parallels he sees between Trump and Nixon. For his part, Trump was clearly unnerved by the entire thing, as he lashed out angrily at Dean on Twitter before the testimony.
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That wasn’t enough to get his Nixon anxieties out though. While speaking to reporters outside the White House, he was asked about his own possible impeachment.
“You can’t impeach somebody when there’s never been anything done wrong,” Trump answered, conveniently whitewashing the fact that he very clearly did do something, and did it ten times. He rambled on like that for a bit, insisting on his own innocence, before finally bringing up Richard Nixon.
“He left,” the president said of the former president. “I don’t leave. There’s a big difference. I don’t leave,” Trump said, implying he will fight it out to the bitter end if Democrats pursue impeachment.
Since it’s Trump, and he’s joked about a third term or even using the Mueller investigation as an excuse to tack on two more years to his term, there’s something deeply ominous about the words “I don’t leave” coming out of his mouth. The fact that America cannot be totally sure he will cede the presidency if he is defeated in 2020 is a direct result of his terrifyingly authoritarian inclinations. This man is dangerous and he needs to be held accountable for his actions before he inflicts more damage on this country.
Watch the clip below.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: "When you look at past impeachments, whether it was President Clinton, or I guess President Nixon never got there – he left. I don't leave. There's a big difference."pic.twitter.com/8816iyRkdz
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 10, 2019