Yesterday, Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg interviewed Pat Buchanan about President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and comparisons to the “Saturday Night Massacre” in which President Richard Nixon fired the independent special prosecutor investing Watergate, leading to the resignations of both the attorney general and deputy attorney general.
Buchanan, who maintains to this day that Nixon was right to fire the special prosecutor and should have actually destroyed the tapes that implicated him and ultimately ended his presidency, claimed that the “same forces” that took down Nixon and tried to take down President Reagan over the Iran-Contra scandal are now unfairly persecuting Trump.
“There is a cultural left and a political left and a media, if you will, conglomerate,” Buchanan said, “and they were determined to break and bring down Nixon. From the day he was nominated, they tried to break and bring [him down], and they succeeded. They tried to break and bring down Reagan over Iran-Contra—I was in the White House then. And the same forces, similar forces are trying to break and bring down Trump. It is transparent.”
“It’s the same forces,” Buchanan complained.
We’re not sure how Buchanan thinks he is defending Trump with this comparison, considering that both Watergate and Iran-Contra were legitimate scandals that involved significant crimes committed by high-ranking Nixon and Reagan administration officials.