Nixon, Jackson or Trump: Who Is America’s Most Chaotic President?

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Nixon, Jackson or Trump: Who Is America's Most Chaotic President?
Nixon, Jackson or Trump: Who Is America's Most Chaotic President?

Poll Results

Trump: 31%
Jackson: 34%
Nixon: 35%

Since the January inauguration, the White House seems to on a rollercoaster ride plagued by infighting, firings, resignations and the dark cloud of Russia. In terms of pure chaos, the Trump Administration may rival the two most controversial in American history — Richard Nixon and Andrew Jackson.

Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon

Ranked among the most controversial of the modern era, Pres. Richard Milhous Nixon was widely unpopular and ultimately resigned over the siege of allegations related to the Watergate break-in.

Historians consider Pres. Nixon a paranoid politician who wielded power against anyone he considered an enemy. Tricky Dick went as far as to set up a clandestine group called the “White House Plumbers,” tasked with stopping leakers. Sound familiar? This covert group reportedly went as far as to break into an opponent’s psychiatrist’s office and steal records.

The group branched into CREEP, “Committee to Re-Elect the President,” employing “dirty tricks” to undermine opponents. They went as far as to release dossier-like information, fake news and steal people’s shoes.

The Watergate scandal and cover up be might likened to Russian hackers or meeting with foreign entities to gain “opposition research.” Most people just call that “dirt.” Watergate played out much like today’s Russia investigations in the media. As evidence mounted, Nixon unleashed the “Saturday Night Massacre,” firing U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and deputy A.G. William Ruckleshaus. The move rings similar to the firing of FBI director James Comey and the social media pressure Trump regularly heaps on Jeff Sessions. Pres. Nixon weaved a tangled web that ultimately ended in a pardon. Sound familiar?

Andrew “Badass” Jackson

Founder of the Democratic Party, Pres. Andrew Jackson was a successful military general elected on a campaign that promised to fight for the “common man” against a corrupt American “aristocracy.” In many ways, it was a lot like Pres. Trump’s “forgotten men and women” advocacy to Make America Great Again and “drain the swamp.” Jackson ran the meanest, dirtiest and most ruthless campaign in political history to earn victory over heavy favorite John Quincy Adams. Sound familiar?

Jackson’s inauguration was held March 4, 1829, and is considered the wildest, most raucous such party in history. A drunken mob comprised of supporters and opponents clashed and nearly destroyed the presidential home. Jackson was forced to flee the premises. An angry mob even stomped cheese into the president’s rug to make the home stink. His abrasive personality and reputation as a “badass” willing to fight or duel anyone earned him populist favor and disdain from elites. Hmm.

Donald “The Apprentice” Trump

The upset of nominee Hillary Clinton sent Democrats into an unforeseen upheaval that has prompted widespread excuses for the loss and an “obstruct” and “resist” policy focused on tripping Pres. Donald J. Trump at every turn. There’s no doubt that the administration faces an uphill battle across the board. But, they haven’t exactly done themselves any favors in terms of public perception.

The Trump presidency certainly has echoes of his most controversial predecessors. From the viscous campaign that belittled senators such “Little Marco” Rubio, impugned Ted Cruz’ family lineage and nicknamed Democratic opponents “Crooked Hillary,” “Nasty Woman,” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” the hateful rhetoric flowed freely. The nine or more Russia investigations may never yield an actual crime, but they hover like a dark “Watergate-esque” cloud over the administration that obstructs any semblance of a positive message in the mainstream media.

Beyond the external struggles and constant security leaks, the real-life internal feuds between son-in-law Jared Kushner and cabinet members, resignations by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and profanity-tinged character assassinations by new communications director Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci give Americans the impression that White House is one big WWE Royal Rumble. That only seems fitting given a Trump-CNN body slam meme went viral.

Given the impact of fake news, social media and Pres. Trump’s disinterest in decorum or acting all “presidential,” it appears chaos is Trump’s brand and he’s sticking with it. But, don’t assume it’s an ineffective approach. In fact, the method of “confuse, distract and attack” is one of the most effective fighting styles because you never see it coming. Trump may be on to something here.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. hes a clown..says things BEFORE thinking he thinks its all just joking but it all comes across as rude violent ignorant…..get him out before he causes a world war we know wont leave anyone standing….hes alienated the forign countries we were on good terms with because of his me me me attitude the country isnt about how he looks to others its about helping its people survive the best they can…HES NOT HELPING…get an ADULT with GOOD MORALS to run the country…hes heartless..

  2. NOTHING THE TRUMP HAS DONE IS BENIFICIAL TO AMERICA,IT’S ONLY GIVING MASSA HIS HOUSE NIGGAS THIER BEDS BACK AND THAT’S UNACCEPTABALE

  3. Yep TRUMO IS THE WORST PRESIDENT AMERICA HAS EVER HAD!YES HE IS TRY IN TO CHANGE AMERICA BACK TO WEN WHITES CONTROL SLAVES OR T ABLE TO DISRESPECT BLACKS,ASIANS MEXICANS AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT’S NOT WHITE N IT’S A SLAPP IN THE PIONEERS OF OLD’S FACES.WEN DID EVERYONE FIGURE THAT THA TRUMP WASN’T WHO HE SAID HE WAS,HE HAS SAID SO MUCH BUT HAS YET TO CARRY OUT ANY PROMISES THAT WERE MADE DURI G THE ELECTION.HE HAS LIED FROM DAY ONE AND Y IS THERE AND I VESTIGATION ABOUT WAYS SEEN AND HEARD FROM THE TRUMP AND HIS SON IN LAW?#IMPEACH DONALD THE LYER TRUMP.DIDNT Y’ALL C HIM EMBRAS8THE GRAND POOBA OF THE KKK,WAT DID U THINK HIS ‘AMERICA GREAT AGAIN’SPEECH WAS ABOUT?

  4. President Trump is a different type of leader with new ideas and change. Older leaders dont take change well so instead they fight change. What some people might call it chaotic others see it as change. We finally have a leader who really wants change to bring back America for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Change might seem chaotic at the beginning but at the end we will see outstanding results. We need to keep an open mind to allow our new leader to accomplish the changes needed. Let’s stop fighting change for the better so America can get out of the hole that is in. Only American unity will make this country Great. Unity is power.

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