Fifty Shades of Nixon.

Trump is once again trying to kill the investigation into his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Over the weekend, Trump went on a tweet storm attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller, calling Mueller’s investigation a “Rigged Witch Hunt” and an “illegal Scam.”

And every day he inches further and further into Saturday Night Massacre territory—the evening President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire the independent special prosecutor investigating Nixon’s own crimes.

How many times has Trump threatened to fire Mueller?

How about when he called the U.S. justice process a “rigged system”?

Let’s not forget that Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly threatened to resign if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if Trump fired the special counsel.

The threats are real. The people around Trump are squirming, and now the public has a role to play.

Nixon wasn’t above the law, and neither is Trump. If Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein, it’s time to take action ASAP. Go to to find rapid-response events near you.


In another Nixon-like move, Trump threatened on Sunday to cause another government shutdown over funding for his wall.

Trump—in an affront to Republicans and Democrats alike—threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall and other heinous immigration policies.

Trump’s behavior is predictable by now: the more vulnerable he feels, the more wildly he lashes out, and the more dangerous it is for the country in numerous ways.

Trump lashes out regularly. He lashed out at the Cohen tape. He constantly lashes out at the media. He lashed out when the first lady’s television was tuned to CNN.


The parallels between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon become more visible every day. As a new report from the Center for American Progress shows:

The similarities are striking: a willingness to tap into the darker currents of the American political climate, a disregard for the rule of law, and an overriding concern with settling political scores and damaging perceived enemies.”

In an eerily similar political era, we can learn from Watergate and Nixon.

After Watergate, we got the post-Watergate reforms, aimed at combatting corrupting influences throughout government. What will we get whenever Trump’s reign over the Culture of Corruption finally ends?

The Center for American Progress is preparing ahead of time. The new report, “Lessons from Watergate,” notes the key parallels between the two administrations and provides a series of key lessons through which to view the Trump Administration, chief among them: a corrupt president creates a culture of corruption that permeates the whole administration, resulting in wide-ranging misconduct.”

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