GOP precedents
May 24, 2017 | 11970 views | 0 0 comments | 539 539 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Unlike the Democratic Party, which has had great success nominating leaders who conducted their presidency with dignity, honesty and respect, the GOP at times has selected leaders who brought scandals, corruption, dishonesty and resignations to the White House.

In 1924 Congress, acting on rumors of graft and corruption in the Harding administration, brought to light scandals known at the “Tea Pot Dome.” Several “Ohio Gang” officials close to Warren Harding were sent to prison.

During Nixon's 1972 reelection campaign, he declared war on his enemies by using a secret White House police force. When the president's men were caught red-handed in the Democrat's Watergate officer, they were exposed, revealing a massive coverup orchestrated by Richard Nixon.

His strategy became the political scandal of the 20th century, threatening the very roots of our constitutional democracy. A once-proud president resigned in disgrace.

During the second term of Ronald Reagan's presidency, the Iran Contra scandal saw national security advisor John Poindexter and Oliver North diverted Iran aid funds to the anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua, resulting in their arrests.

Now we come to “Mr. 45.” His maverick behavior is evidence that Donald Trump is fast becoming a Nixon protege.


Anthony Pilla

Forest Hills
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