Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham predicted that impeachment will be the “season finale” to President Trump’s time in office.
Meacham told “Morning Joe” that Trump’s demand to ask the Justice Department to investigate whether the FBI spied on his campaign is similar to former President Nixon’s behavior ahead of firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox. He predicted Trump’s presidency is likely to end the same way as Nixon’s.
“One Nixonian element here that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention, at least explicitly, is both Nixon and Trump have an ongoing obsession with their former opponents in a way that I think shapes what they do in deleterious ways, to say the least,” Meacham said.
“[Nixon] was always obsessed with what President Kennedy had gotten away with, in his view, and remember, of course, that’s clearly true with President Trump, with an obsession with both Obama and Secretary Clinton,” Meacham said.
Meacham said that the midterm elections present a likely opportunity for Democrats to impeach Trump.
“The most important political story in the country right now, in many ways, are those 435 House races,” Meacham said. “I’ve been skeptical of this, but I would bet a good bit of money this is going to end up in the House with some kind of impeachment proceeding, and the makeup of that body and ultimately the reaction of the United States Senate, which is supposed to be the great deliberative check and the great final hammer on these things, I think we’re going to end up — that’s going to be the season finale of this.”