Will Trump Follow Nixon’s 1968 ‘Law and Order’ Playbook?

President Nixon in Albuquerque, N.M., 1970 (Photo: Nixon Presidential Library)
Most Americans think that police departments need to be reformed and improved, not abolished.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n the campaign trail in 1968, a bold memo by a young aide, “Middle America and the New Republican Majority,” started circulating among the Nixon strategists. It argued for a new strategy to fight the Democrats on their own turf, to turn Democratic causes into existential threats, to present their vision of progress as a promise of collapse. Nixon himself was not naturally inclined to turn politics into a conflict of visions, but he saw how Reagan gained from the approach and decided to steal it. It worked, not only against Reagan in the primary but, more importantly, against his …


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