Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Douglas Brinkley Minces No Words: 'Donald Trump Just Behaved Like a Tyrant'

On Tuesday, leading presidential historian and frequent Trump criticDouglas Brinkley joined a chorus of voices denouncing the president's dismissal of FBI director, James Comey.

"It's a very troubling abuse of power," Brinkley told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "Donald Trump just behaved like a tyrant. We see that in other countries in the world. We don't expect it here."

Brinkley also addressed CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin's earlier assessment of the parallels between Donald Trump's and Richard Nixon's presidencies.

"What was important about [the 'Saturday Night Massacre' in 1973, when Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired], was that we had resignations, two real profiles of courage: Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus [who] said 'this is not okay, we're putting our country above party,' and they quit," echoed Brinkley.

"And after that 'Saturday Night Massacre,' eventually just like Donald Trump didn't want to talk a lot now, Nixon didn't want to talk aloud," he added. "When Nixon did come out of the woodwork he famously said, 'I'm not a crook.'"  Read full  story here 

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