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History As It Happens

Nov 2, 2021

The lessons of Watergate and the story of Richard Nixon's epic fall from power are as relevant as ever. Former President Donald Trump's ongoing campaign to undermine public confidence in our elections, after trying to remain in power despite decisively losing the 2020 race, raises parallels as well as important differences with Nixon's coverup of the Watergate scandal. In this episode, journalist and historian Michael Dobbs, author of King Richard: Nixon and Watergate -- An American Tragedy, discusses what led to Nixon's unraveling. But while Nixon was discredited across the political spectrum as he resigned in disgrace, Donald Trump now rules the Republican Party despite having been impeached (and acquitted) twice.