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Donald Trump and the Nixon playbook

Forget Watergate. In the second half of Trump’s term, there are other lessons he could learn from the Nixon years. Like reaching out across the centre-ground to strike deals—and do something practical for forgotten America

Trump re: Nixon? Photo: Prospect composite

In January when the new Congress convenes, the next phase—I almost wrote season—of the Trump Era will commence. The mood is expectant. The “blue wave” in the midterm elections swept in a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, and with this much will change. For the first time, President Trump will face organised opposition, and if recent history repeats itself, he could find his presidency all but paralysed.

The obvious precedent is also the most recent one: President Obama, who lost control of…

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