Trump Is Trying to Pick His Opponent Just Like Nixon Did

Nixon’s ‘dirty tricks’ campaign on Ed Muskie got him a landslide victory in 1972. The president’s attack on Biden is eerily similar.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters before he departs the White House en route to a campaign event in Georgia.
Photo: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images

It was not just the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down Nixon. Early in 1972, Nixon attacked his greatest threat — a moderate senator who was considered the front-runner.

James Robenalt is the author of four nonfiction books, including January 1973, Watergate, Roe v Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever.

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