Had I been old enough, I would have voted for him. His campaign platform reflected all the values that made me a republican in the first place.
He promised to end the war in Vietnam. He promised to control inflation. He promised to support American Manufacturing, he promised to support American small business and the American middle class, he promised to uphold anti trust laws and he supported free-trade, even with China.
Nixon was brought down when he misused his presidential powers to cover up crimes committed to ensure his election. He was guilty and spent the rest of his life coming to terms with what that meant. If you look at his eyes in the Frost interview tapes, these things clearly tortured him.
In a recent tweet, Donald Trump called John Dean a RAT, and said his own council Don McGahn would not be like Dean.
Calling someone a "rat" implies that hiding the truth worked for the greater good. Criminals call associates who tell police the truth about their activities "rats". Calling John Dean a "rat" means Trump supports Nixon's criminal activities and believes McGahn will not tell the truth about his own criminal activities.
Nixon was a great man, but he made mistakes that ruined him. Nixon's crimes pale in comparison to the things Trump is accused of. Nixon went to China, but he never sold us to the Russians.
Again and again, Trump tips his hand. Calling Dean a "RAT" tells me even Trump knows Trump is guilty. It may be years before we see what McGahn's testimony includes. but I can only hope he chose to tell the truth like John Dean did.