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Washington Is Waging a War: First Nixon, Now Trump


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The American Spectator

 The bureaucratic Left has always resisted reform.
Newt Gingrich
January 29, 2024

In 1972, President Richard Nixon won 60.7 percent of the popular vote (an 18 million vote margin) and carried every state but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He had previously spent four years in the House of Representatives, two years in the Senate, eight years as vice president, and four years as president. Within weeks of his election as the clear choice of the American people, he was under siege from the courts, the news media, the bureaucracy, leftwing activists, and Congress.

Forty-four years later, in 2016, a newcomer to politics ran as a complete outsider. Donald Trump defeated 16 other Republicans for the nomination (including governors and senators with significant national reputations). He quickly found himself under assault by the same leftwing Washington coalition, which employed lies and manufactured conspiracies to smear and defeat him. Despite all the attacks, Trump won a narrow majority. As president, he faced ongoing investigations, allegations, and impeachment efforts. As a former president and front-runner for the Republican nomination, he is still subjected to unending legal assaults from Democrats in New York and Georgia state courts — and from an out-of-control federal prosecutor seeking to try him in Florida and Washington, D.C.

(READ MORE from Newt Gingrich: Trump Should Learn From Watergate)

At one level, Nixon’s and Trump’s stories are quite different — the old pro and the new outsider. Nixon had worked with the federal bureaucracy his entire career, Trump focused on business and approached Washington with virtually no experience in leading large government systems.

But the two had a shared experience. They both sought to change Washington, and Washington responded by trying to destroy them. 


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The Richard Nixon Foundation applies the legacy and vision of President Richard Nixon, America’s relentless grand strategist, to defining issues facing our nation and the world. The Richard Nixon Foundation in association with the National Archives and Records Administration provides financial support to collect, preserve, and make available to the public and for scholars the documents, recordings, and other materials that illuminate the life and times, and the historic legacy of Richard Nixon.

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