President Trump is receiving a new round of comparisons to Richard Nixon, after a Friday tweet warning former FBI Director James Comey to beware of “tapes” of conversations he had with the president before speaking to the press.
Director Comey was fired Tuesday after the Justice Department recommended to the president that new leadership was required to restore confidence in the FBI. Some speculate that the president and members of his administration are consumed by anger and paranoia, as the administration is plagued by leaks to the press – and that Comey was a casualty of such. Members of the media have derisively compared President Trump to President Nixon.
The president’s Friday morning tweet has renewed such comparisons.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Ok, we are now going down a very Nixonian route. Is Trump hinting the now-infamous dinner conversation with Comey was secretly recorded? https://t.co/1HDcbYM4jW
— Robert Moore (@robertmooreitv) May 12, 2017
President Richard Nixon infamously installed tape recorders in areas of the White House and secretly recorded his conversations with administration officials. It is unclear if President Trump is suggesting that he has similarly recorded conversations, if he is referring to alleged surveillance that occurred during the transition last fall, or if he is simply joking.
Most in the mainstream media seem to hold the first interpretation.
This is really getting Nixonian. The tapes! The paranoia! https://t.co/7qTWBsZ5id
— katie rosman (@katierosman) May 12, 2017
Of course there's nothing Nixonian about @realDonaldTrump implying there might be tapes of his White House conversations.
— Ray Locker (@rlocker12) May 12, 2017
— Foon Rhee (@foonrhee) May 12, 2017
The ‘Nixonian' nature of the Trump presidency has been over played at times but it’s hard not to see this comment in that context https://t.co/bPvogv1eVk
— Paul Danahar (@BBCDanahar) May 12, 2017
Because we needed more Nixonian parallels... https://t.co/wvEq3bXp6m
— Christina Ruffini (@EenaRuffini) May 12, 2017
— Ariel Moutsatsos (@arielmou) May 12, 2017
— Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) May 12, 2017
Positively Nixonian...again https://t.co/jifXnrkznW
— Matt Spence (@mattspencedc) May 12, 2017
This is getting more Nixonian by the minute https://t.co/t3W35RGQyj
— Beth Fouhy (@bfouhy) May 12, 2017
“Guys, I'm not sure the Nixonian comparisons are really sticking. What can we do to turn it up?" https://t.co/NsgwN6JEru
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) May 12, 2017
Did President Trump secretly record conversations with James Comey? Is he just like Richard Nixon? Clearly there is no evidence as of yet. Hopefully the president is joking. But at the end of the day, President Donald Trump has invited this rabid media speculation.
@realDonaldTrump I mean, how stupid do you have to be if your response to accusations Nixonian-level corruption is to draw comparisons of yourself to Nixon?
— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) May 12, 2017
How he deals with it will reflect what kind of president he will be remembered as.