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Policy Matters

Jan 3, 2018

In its first year, the Trump administration has been besieged by accusations of misconduct. Talk of perjury and obstruction of justice — even impeachment — is in the air. America has been here before: 40 years ago during the Watergate scandal. Pundits and politicos have been quick to draw comparisons between President Donald J. Trump and President Richard Nixon, and between modern politics and that of the 1960s–1970s. But how similar are these two complex men and eras?

In this episode, Allen Matusow, director of academic affairs at the Baker Institute, discusses two of America’s most controversial presidents, their similarities and differences, and the political contexts in which they operated.