Trump and Nixon: a new Watergate?

Trump and Nixon: a new Watergate?

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A new scandal, a new allegation comes to light seemingly everyday.

Because of the recent trends in headlines, political pundits are starting dub the current situation the start of another Watergate era.

Seth McKee, Texas Tech political science professor, said it is the combination of the endless allegations followed by the missteps of the administration that are fueling the fire of the comparisons to Nixon's undoing.

"Watergate was all about a Republican operation that was interfering with a Democratic presidential campaign," McKee said. "Now what makes this different is we don't know if those, including Donald Trump and his campaign were really involved with Russian interference of an American presidential election."

Adding to the list of similarities, McKee said the firing of FBI Director James Comey is eerily similar to the Saturday Night Massacre which resulted in the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

"When Comey was fired, immediately the pundits would make the comparison to what was known as the Saturday Night Massacre and it's a fair comparison and the reason why is because what is the justification for firing Comey?" he said. "It was done because he had either personal or professional reasons for letting him go."

Sean Cunningham, associate professor and chair of Texas Tech's Department of History, said what we have seen in the firing of Comey does not necessarily compare to that night and drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon could be dangerous. 

"I do think that it's not necessarily healthy to make those comparisons," Cunningham said. "Every person is unique, circumstances are always unique, contexts change, history does not always neatly repeat itself. So I would hesitate to embrace comparisons especially with radical individuals in order to discredit someone today."

Still, comparisons dominate headlines asking the question, is Trump trying a Nixon-esque cover up?

"If Trump is guilty of something he is the sloppiest president we have ever seen in terms of a cover up," McKee said. "Nixon was very methodical and careful but with a moment like the Saturday Night Massacre, it's one of those things where you go, OK, it's over because the only justification for doing that is obstructing justice."

In a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday, the president's approval numbers continue to drop. Only 40 percent approve of the job President Trump is doing while more Americans are in favor of impeachment with a majority thinking he will not complete his term in office.

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