Oliver Willis

Ronald Reagan, Nixon Apologist

Reagan & Nixon

I’m currently in the middle of reading Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and one of the issues it covers that I haven’t seen elsewhere is Ronald Reagan being an apologist for Nixon. As the Watergate scandal was unraveling and even Republicans began to come to the realization that the President was a criminal of the highest order, Reagan still gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Time and again, as Nixon’s criminality played out in real time for an increasingly repulsed America, Reagan continued to play down the break-in and the President’s subsequent gyrations to cover his rear.

This is just a part of the unsavory past that is continually expunged from our growing historical hagiography of Reagan.