Why Trump’s Firing of James Comey is Worse—Much Worse—Than Nixon’s Infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre’

Sen. Edmund Muskie, D-Me., denounces conservative Manchester Union Leader publisher William Loeb in front of the newspaper's Manchester, N.H., building, Feb. 26, 1972. Muskie's emotional speech came as he campaigned for the New Hampshire primary and the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo)

Not even a full hour had passed before ethics hawks and political pundits from both sides of the aisle were vilifying President Donald Trump‘s decision to fire now former FBI Director James Comey as “Nixonian”,  “a grotesque abuse of power,” and “troubling.” Amidst the outcry came comparisons to President Richard Nixon‘s now infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre‘, where Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was brought in by Richardson to get to the bottom of the Watergate Scandal.

Similarities of course are that Trump, like Nixon, seems to be behaving like a man whose running out of options, who knows that the walls are closing in on him and, in true medievalist fashion, purging his “court” of any and all opposition. The rationale coming from the white house regarding Comey’s firing is as flimsy as it is vague, signaling further signs of desperation on the part of this administration. According to the White House, Trump’s reasoning for firing Comey is 1) because of his “handling” of the Hillary Clinton email controversy 2) which is curious because during the campaign, Trump praised Comey repeatedly for how he handled the inquest and 3) This all occurred over 9 months ago so 4) Why all of a sudden fire Comey now?

But we digress.

The reason this cluster of a situation is worse, much worse than Nixon’s conduct is because the DNA of the Trump regime—Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosensteinactually supported and encouraged Trump to the brazen, untimely and unseemly act of firing Jim Comey whereas Nixon Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus both resigned in protest at Nixon’s conduct.

So the issue runs deeper here in that it is apparent that the culpability is administration wide and not just limited to Trump himself. The fact that key members of this regime are aligning with Trump and giving counsel that lends to a cover up is beyond troubling. They’ve co-signed the egregious act and right in front of the American people as if we are a warehouse of idiots who actually can’t see this for what it is: A president running scared and desperate to cover his tracks and stay in power.

In the days after the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ the American people, according to wikipedia, “sent an unusually large number of telegrams to the White House and Congress in protest.” We the people played a tremendous part in the justifiable and wholly warranted impeachment of President Richard Nixon. And now we reach a similar but more dangerous crossroad, history calls us again to rise up and use our voice to remove the charlatan known as Donald J. Trump from sitting in the highest office of this land. He is not worthy of it but, in the words of the late Archibald Cox on the eve of his termination by Nixon: “Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.”

More as this story develops.

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