Anyone attempting to compare James Comey’s firing to Nixon’s Saturday night massacre – as so many journalists and pundits have attempted to do – is a “legal and historical illiterate,” says Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin.
During a segment of his Wednesday night radio show, Levin discussed the rampant media attempts to equate the two events, delved deep into the history of that evening in 1973, and laid out clearly how the two events were not even remotely similar.
“The exact opposite happened in this case,” he explained.
“The so-called mainstream media is not mainstream any more,” Levin said of the comparisons. “It’s insane.”
One key difference is in the context of the two narratives. Trump wasn’t – like Nixon – attempting to stop a special prosecutor from doing his job. Rather, he was following the advice of the memo drafted by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, a career prosecutor confirmed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Senate.
In his memo, Levin explained, Rosenstein made the same sorts of arguments that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made back when Comey was in the crosshairs for supposedly costing her the election.
“Who do you trust?” he asked. “This deputy attorney general, who has spent a lifetime in the law, or Chuck Schumer, a partisan political hack, who has spent a lifetime as a demagogue?”