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On the eve of the January 6th Committee Hearings:
“Woodward and Bernstein thought Nixon defined corruption. Then came Trump.”

Credit: Rebecca Hendin for the Washington Post

Insights by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

+ Harvard Constitutional Professor Laurence Tribe: This is a definitive if brief account by the great chroniclers of Nixon’s #Watergate explaining just how “Trump became the first seditious president in our history” and how gravely his return to power or that of anyone like him would imperil our democracy:

+ Perspective by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in The Washington Post: Woodward and Bernstein thought Nixon defined corruption. Then came Trump.

“President George Washington, in his celebrated 1796 Farewell Address, cautioned that American democracy was fragile. “Cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government,” he warned.

“Two of his successors — Richard Nixon and Donald Trump — demonstrate the shocking genius of our first president’s foresight.

“As reporters, we had studied Nixon and written about him for nearly half a century, during which we believed with great conviction that never again would America have a president who would trample the national interest and undermine democracy through the audacious pursuit of personal and political self-interest.

“And then along came Trump.”

Posted by Steve on June 8, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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2 comments

  1. And this is why comparisons matter and why Jimmy Carter is afraid his name will now go down as a nobody. Because now Biden is worse than Carter. So now Carter is known for nothing.

    Comment by Joe Sheffield on June 10, 2022 at 10:35 am

  2. The last thing Jimmy Carter is afraid of is that “his name will now go down as a nobody.” His record as a human being is beyond reproach!

    Comment by Steve on June 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

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