The Great Hippo wrote:I post edited to add "comparable" in front of demagogue just after you posted.KnightExemplar wrote:Nixon.
Its no small secret he started the war on drugs because he didn't like hippies or black people.
It's no small secret, but it was still largely a secret; Nixon wasn't in the business of publicly advocating war crimes or tearing his party apart. Nixon RESIGNED, remember? Can you imagine Trump resigning? Hell no; he won't even secede a lost election. He'd drag everyone down with him.
Nixon was a demagogue, but not to this level, and not with this degree of destructiveness and volatility.
Nixon used the spying apparatus of the USA to spy on his political opponents in an attempt to hold onto power. When it became obvious that he was doing it, Nixon then commanded his lieutenants to shred all documents and erase the evidence. Nixon only resigned when the #1 man at the FBI has been working against him the entire time, and he leaked information to the press under the name "Deepthroat". If it weren't for Deepthroat, the American people would have never known about it and Nixon would have gotten away with it.
When Nixon's lieutenants thought what he was doing was immoral, Nixon fired them and then promoted the next-in-line until he found someone who agreed with him. IIRC, he went through something like 3 Attorney Generals in a short period of time, as they were all morally opposed to Nixon's shenanigans.
I don't think Trump would do such a thing. Nixon was far more dangerous than Trump ever would be. In part because Congress now has powers to prevent another president from having similar abuses. (Although said powers have not really been tested yet)