In Trump’s first few weeks in office, his behavior, speeches and actions sound a lot like Nixon at the end of his presidency. Like Nixon, some would argue that Trump has a temperament that has made him appear both stand-offish and a bit of a shrewd when it comes to dealing with domestic and foreign issues. Here are some highlights that prove there are some glaring similarities between the two.
1. THE PRESS IS THE ENEMY
Nixon was famous for telling the world that the press was is enemy. At least he didn’t ban certain publications from attending press gaggles.
2. TRUMP ON HIS ENEMY, THE MEDIA
I guess the media is still the enemy of the American people.
3. NIXON’S LEAKY WHITE HOUSE & PARANOIA
President Nixon created a special investigative unit in 1971 to root out and identify any leaks in the administration. This unit was appropriately nicknamed the plumbers. The plumbers were encouraged to plug leaks at any cost and take down Nixon’s enemies (both imagined and real) working outside of the law.
4. NIXON AND TRUMP USED THE IRS AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES
Nixon’s favorite trick against his enemies involved setting the IRS on anyone who defied him. You could even hear him on the Nixon tapes ordering a tax audit on someone who wronged him. Trump used the same tactic on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who criticized him last May for running for president.
5. BOTH MEN HAD A SECRET PLAN TO END THE WAR
During Nixon’s 1968 campaign, he claimed he had a secret plan to get the U.S. out of Vietnam and bring peace to the war-torn country. During Trump’s campaign, he also claimed he had a secret plan to defeat Isis. Both men had allegedly supported war behind-the scenes according to the rumors.
6. NIXON AND TRUMP SWAM AGAINST THE TIDE
Nixon and Trump struggled to achieve national legitimacy and acceptance. But although they attended elite universities, and had successful careers in law, business and politics, the two considered themselves political outsiders, and champions of the common man.
7. BOTH PRESIDENTS HAVE THE SAME TEMPERAMENT
Trump’s unpredictable temperament and often provocative comments have given the media lots of ammo to use against him. Similarly, Nixon was often seen as unscrupulous and engaged in name-calling and other underhand campaigning in order to achieve his political goals.
8. BOTH MEN CAPITALIZED ON SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ANXIETIES
Nearly half a century apart, Nixon and Trump managed to beat their political opponents by appealing to the issues that Americans faced then and now and promised change that would bring about a brand new era for the U.S.
9. NIXON AND TRUMP BOTH SHARE NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITIES
It’s possible that these self-centered personalities were created by the emotional austerity of their childhoods. But somehow, both men have displayed signs of insecurity, harbor grandiose fantasies, and show a great deal of sensitivity to criticism.
10. BOTH MEN BELIEVED IN LAW AND ORDER
Trump and Nixon rode the politics of white grievances to get to their position of power. Trump told the electorates of the South, West, and Midwest that “I am your voice,” and called for the return of law and order, which got him the majority of electoral votes. In 1968, Nixon pulled the same trick by identifying his voters and convincing them to back him by saying “we are going to take the country back.”