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Old 05-10-2017, 08:45 AM   #5351 (permalink)
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Knowing nothing really about American politics I want to ask a serious question: has, in the history of the presidency, any incoming president fired so many of his appointees (or had them resign) before? It seems a little like Night of the Long Knives or that time when Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq!
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:52 AM   #5352 (permalink)
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It's not unprecedented no

But I can only think of one time where it wasn't a bad sign for the president and that's when general MacArthur was fired by Truman

Nixon hired a special investigator over Watergate and then promptly fired him, too funny
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:04 AM   #5353 (permalink)
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Knowing nothing really about American politics I want to ask a serious question: has, in the history of the presidency, any incoming president fired so many of his appointees (or had them resign) before? It seems a little like Night of the Long Knives or that time when Saddam Hussein seized power in Iraq!
The head of the FBI in particular was only fired one other time while Clinton was president. And then he was only fired because everyone was insisting he resign but he refused.

This is Trump's Saturday Night Massacre. He's flailing. One thing he clearly didn't think of - the FBI is incredibly loyal to Comey. And that's on top of the subpoenas that were issued for Flynn hours before he fired Comey.

This is a moment that will be in the history books. From here, we go one of two ways. One, republicans finally realize they need to get off the Trump train and there is bipartisan support for an independent investigation. Or, they continue to bury their heads in the sand, Trump realizes he truly can get away with anything he wants, and then it's officially Trumpland.
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Even though presidents have been using Twitter for several years. Not sure I get what point you're trying to make here.
And you see no difference between tweets from other Presidents and Trump?

Trumpland is fast approaching.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:11 AM   #5355 (permalink)
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Yes, even tho Nixon never fired his FBI director (even Nixon),
the firing of Archibald Cox (the special prosecutor)
involved the resignation of Bill Ruckelshaus and Elliot Richardson
stemming from what has been termed the Saturday Night Massacre.
This is why you are starting to see "Nixonian" used in descriptions.

(oh, I see Duga has mentioned some of this...)

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Just gotta wonder how willing the GOP are to crash and burn with Trump

It's taking longer than I hoped but I figured this guy was their demise

Like a monster they've been feeding for 35 years
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