Today, all books by liberals really are about President Trump. Such is Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, by MSNBC far-left fake-news host Lawrence O’Donnell. This book’s proxy is Richard Nixon and his 1968 victory for president against Aunt Blabby, a.k.a. Hubert Horatio Humphrey. For Nixon, Humphrey, South Vietnam, and Anna Chennault read: Trump, Hillary, Russia, and Paul Manafort.
Trump is mentioned by name 14 times, though he was 22 years old and just graduated from Wharton that May; the book even twice attacks the President’s father, Fred.
The main assault comes in the chapter titled “The Perfect Crime.” The alleged crime here is “treason.” O’Donnell references John A. Farrell’s Richard Nixon: The Life, published in 2017, as well as transcripts of President Johnson’s White House spy tapes to detail how Nixon sent Chennault to Saigon to promise President Thi?u a better peace deal than he might have gotten from Humphrey.
Of a call between Johnson and Nixon just before the November 5 election, O’Donnell writes:
Johnson never used the word treason with Nixon. He assumed [Illinois Republican Minority Leader] Dirksen had told Nixon that Johnson thought Nixon’s back-channel communication...