President Richard Nixon was a scumbag well before Watergate. That DNC robbery was only a small “we can get away with it” compared to his shafting the Vietnam peace initiative in 1968 in order to gain last-minute momentum from Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Nixon, to his death, denied doing this.
Now we know Nixon lied. A newfound cache of notes left by H. R. Haldeman, his closest aide, shows that Nixon directed his campaign’s efforts to scuttle the peace talks, which he feared could give his opponent, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, an edge in the 1968 election. On Oct. 22, 1968, he ordered Haldeman to “monkey wrench” the initiative.
Faced with a serious candidate in Mitt Romney, and the scandal of four Americans dead in Benghazi, President Obama lied repeatedly to hide the truth.
The Obama administration knew attacks on the consulate were because of terrorism, but they knowingly changed the narrative to blame an “inflammatory” viral video — to escape any culpability of the attacks so close to a November election. In the 2012 campaign, Mr. Obama repeatedly spoke of not only killing Osama bin Laden, but how Al Qaeda had been “decimated” under his watch. Any word Benghazi was actually a terrorist attack would undermine this narrative.
In 1968, Nixon was a professional politician, former Senator and Vice President of the United States with full access to a treasure trove of secrets, military and foreign contacts, and a web of factotums, lickspittles, and shadowy consiglieres to accomplish his dirty deeds. Obama was President of the United States running for a second term, with Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. Both examples were of government insiders misusing their power and influence to win elections that could have (should have?) been lost.
President-elect Donald Trump was a total outsider, opposed by many insiders. During the primaries, the very Democrats who lied in 2012 to win the election for Obama did all they could to make Trump the nominee of the Republican Party. The Russians then hacked the Democrats. Neither Paul Manafort, or retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn enjoy the kind of influence over or access to Vladimir Putin required to convince anyone the Russians acted at the direction of the Trump campaign.
We now know that Nixon had the contacts, and indeed used them to pressure the South Vietnamese to withdraw from peace negotiations, which could very well have swayed voters toward Humphrey. This happened one day before the election.
We now know that Obama buried Benghazi in order to make political hay.
What did Trump do? Are we to believe that he somehow persuaded Putin to leak the DNC’s emails, then publicly tweeted an encouragement for him to hack Clinton’s server? Are we to believe some conspiracy that both the Clinton campaign and the U.S. government deny, that the Russians hacked election results? Are we to believe that Trump did what Nixon and Obama did to win?
Sure, Trump lied (or cited made up facts) constantly. But the press constantly called him on his lies. Trump used extreme hyperbole, but the press called him on his exaggerations. Trump praised (and continues to praise) the Russian leader, but the press excoriated him for it. There are no secret manipulations here–it was all done publicly. Just like every disgusting thing Trump said about women, business, or Mexicans, none of it was backroom manipulation.
Trump didn’t steal the election in 2016. Nixon probably stole the 1968 election, though; and we may never know if Obama stole the 2012 election. There are worse things than being a short-fingered, despot-praising, misogynist vulgarian.