Time to debunk myths which have obscured the striking similarity between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. President-elect, Joe Biden is the anti-Trump candidate of the 2020 election and the fact that JFK was the anti-Nixon candidate has to be explained because the actual consequence of domestic, cold war politics has been ignored.

Like Trump, Nixon relished investigations, spying, secrets, and conspiracies.

As John Ehrlichman observed: "He was a conspiracy buff. He liked intrigue, and he liked secret maneuverings of the FBI, and he liked to hear about what the CIA did, and so on. He just couldn't leave that stuff alone." As president, he ordered chief White House spy E. Howard Hunt to forge diplomatic cables to make it look like President Kennedy ordered the murder of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem. He placed Sen. Kennedy under a 24-hour-a-day Secret Service surveillance in effort, in Nixon's phrase, "to catch him in the sack with one of his babes." And Nixon pressed aides to plant a false story in the press linking Sen. Kennedy to the 1972 assassination attempt against Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

The 1960 presidential election was a dramatic occasion. Vice President Richard Nixon, the crusading anticommunist, was pitted against John F. Kennedy, the unknown entity that exceeded every expectation. Kennedy won a 303 to 219 Electoral College victory and the national popular vote by the thinnest of margins -- only 112,827 votes. Republicans seized on charges of voter irregularity in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Dailey reigned, but the fact is, Illinois did not decide the election in 1960, and Nixon knew it.

Behind the scenes, Nixon encouraged recount efforts on his behalf. His partisan allies built the case for a systematic recount-not just in Illinois and Texas, but in other closely fought states like New Jersey. Nixon did nothing to stop his allies from raising $100,000 for a "Nixon Recount Committee" and filing federal and state lawsuits. The committee shut down its operations after suffering setbacks in several key court hearings. Sound familiar?

Nixon's crafty, non-concession, concession speech was very "ify"; "I want all of you to know, I want all, I want all of you to know, I want Senator Kennedy to know, and I want all of you to know, that certainly, if this trend does continue, and he does become our next president that he will have my wholehearted support and yours too."

Nixon congratulated Kennedy, not for winning the election but for what he called his "fine race". History has ignored his dog whistle but he was essentially telling his supporters, all of them, to find a way to oveturn the election. His formidable band of outlaws certainly tried but they failed to change the 1960 election result.

The media ignored the well documented fact that Richard Nixon was in bed with the mob and despite RFK's war against it, that truth is still largely ignored.

Journalist, Don Fulsom, who is the best and the most knowledgeable authority regarding Nixon's mob connections, wrote; "In the 1960 presidential election, Hoffa and his two million-member union backed Vice President Nixon against Sen. John Kennedy. Edward Partin, a Louisiana Teamster official and later government informant, eventually revealed that Hoffa met with Marcello to secretly fund the Nixon campaign - saying, "I was right there, listening to the conversation. Marcello had a suitcase filled with $500,000 cash which was going to Nixon ... (Another half-million dollar contribution) was coming from Mob boys in New Jersey and Florida." The Hoffa-Marcello meeting took place in New Orleans on Sept. 26, 1960, and has been verified by William Sullivan, a former top FBI official."

Moreover, Nixon's earliest campaign manager and longest-serving adviser, Murray Chotiner, tied Nixon to Santos Trafficante through Nixon's best friend, Florida banker Bebe Rebozo. Mickey Cohen, a notorious mobsters in Los Angeles, admitted rounding up underworld money for Nixon's campaigns.

According to Charles Colson, Nixon's presidential emissary to the Teamsters, Mafia bosses "owned" Rebozo and had gotten "their hooks into Nixon early." By the 1960s, FBI agents keeping tabs on the Mob identified Rebozo as a "non-member associate of organized crime figures." It was an interesting way to characterize Rebozo's association, but the fact is, Richard Nixon's connections with money from organized crime is not disputable.

In an unpublicized presidential move, Nixon ordered the Justice Department to stop using the words "Mafia" and "Cosa Nostra" to describe the multi-billion dollar national crime syndicate. The president was roundly applauded when he boasted about his order at a private 1971 Oval Office meeting with some 40 members of the Supreme Council of the Sons of Italy. The group's Supreme Venerable, Americo Cortese, thanked Nixon for his moral leadership - declaring, "You are our terrestrial god."

The Nixon administration intervened on the side of Mafia figures in at least 20 trials and it denied an FBI request to continue an electronic surveillance operation that was starting to penetrate Mob/Teamsters connections.

During the Nixon years, pressure from Washington eased off on Sam Giancana and long-standing deportation proceedings against CIA-connected mobster Johnny Roselli were dropped. Without going into specifics, government lawyers explained in court that Roselli had performed "valuable services to the national security." A Giancana henchman, Roselli was an important contact man in the Mob/CIA assassination plots against Cuban leader Fidel Castro."

Republicans, who blame Nixon's election loss on the Chicago mob, ignore the fact that voting irregularities in illinois were not sufficient to change the 1960 election result and that the Kennedys declared war against the Mafia while Nixon protected Mafia interests. Needless to say, Nixon did not aggressively pursue a voting irregularities challenge because he had more to hide than his

Another glaring delusion about the political career of Richard Nixon is that he did not run against Johnson in 1964 because he did not think he could win, but the truth is far more deliberate and exhaustive.

Indeed, the March 23, 1964, issue of Newsweek betrayed Nixon's overinflated ego where he was quoted extolling his abilities in the following terms: "I feel there is no man who can make the case generally [against the Johnson Administration] more effectively than I can... I have the national name, I have some experience." Nixon did not challenge Johnson in 1964 because a strong, bipartisan consensus was required and deployed to eliminate opposition to the Vietnam war and it was faithfully executed, behind closed doors.

Democrats and republicans alike opposed Kennedy's "out by 65" Vietnam war withdrawal commitment, and in his book, Preserving Their Lagacies historian Mat Wilson clearly exposed the elements of the Kennedy/Johnson relationship which had made Johnson more faithful to Nixon than he was to Kennedy.

Astute reporters noted the rather strange loyalty between Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson early as 1968, when it prompted veteran journalist, Hugh Sydney of Life Magazine to write: "Would Lyndon Johnson really mind terribly much if there were a Republican victory? It is curious how the thought recurs in these bastions 1,000 miles apart. There have been so many little things to suggest it and no big things to deny it." Hugh Sydney further noted that Nixon's visit to the LBJ ranch was friendly, intimate and intense. Humphrey's was an untrumpetted affair.

Richard Nixon hijacked the people in the Kennedy administration who shared his views. He called Dean Rusk, "one of the ablest and most honorable men ever to serve as Secretary of State." Kennedy was essentially his own Secretary of State since the Bay of Pigs Fiasco had taught him to distrust zealots and as soon as he was killed, ideologically aligned men like Richard Nixon, Dean Rusk, J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson were in a position to reverse everything Kennedy has planned.

FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement has not been well publicized but John Ehrlichman confirmed the fact that Hoover and Nixon were behind-the-scenes, policy wonks who ultimately dictated the direction of American foreign policy;

"Hoover and Nixon had kept in touch during all the year Nixon was out of office. Rose Mary Woods had been Hoover's Nixon contact for the exchange of information and advice between them. Whenever Nixon travelled abroad as a private citizen, the FBI agents who posed as "legal attaches" in U.S. embassies were instructed by Hoover to look after Nixon. Hoover fed Nixon information during those years via Cartha De Loach, and through Lou Nichols, a retired Bureau assistant director who had become a distillery executive. But Hoover was more than a source of information -he was a political advisor to whom Nixon listened."

And that is the real reason why Nixon did not oppose Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Fortunately, Nixon was not President during the Bay of Pigs Fiasco because he had recommended a full-scale military invasion of Cuba and that would have more than likely triggered a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. In his own words, Nixon had said, "I would find a proper legal cover and I would go in. There are several justifications that could be used, like protecting American citizens living in Cuba and defending our base in Guatahamo. I believe that the most important thing to do at this point is to get Castro and communism out of Cuba."

On this 57th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination we should all be thankful and grateful for the thoughtful leadership of JFK, for he ultimately saved us all through a blockade that evaded unnecessary aggression, and that alone ought to make Pesident John F. Kennedy one of America's truly greatest heroes.


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President Nixon with Bebe Rebozo (left) and J. Edgar Hoover (center)
at the "Florida White House". Credit: National Archives.

 
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