The Nixon administration was plagued by scandal, but some former officers say the dishonored ex-president would be absolutely disgusted by Donald Trump
It was a poignant celebration for Republican grandees: they gathered to rehabilitate an outcast, a leader history deemed unfit for the White House, merely to grapple with a potential brand new one.
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum reopened on Friday after a $15 m overhaul, describing family, friends, allies and a brass band to honour the 37 th chairman, but it was a potential 45 th chairperson and his scandals , not Watergate, who hovered over the event.
After almost half a century, it was time to put Nixons dirty trick and cover-up into view, they agreed, but the apparently hourly allegations and revelationsabout Donald Trump split the gathering into cliques who either excused or reviled the Republican nominee.
Given the opportunity, Nixon, who resigned in 1974, halfway through his second word, and died in 1994, would have voted for Trump, surmised the late chairwomen grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox. He always supported the Republican ticket. I think hed go straight down the line Republican.