Uncredited Photographer Dr. Hunter S. Thompson During His Campaign for Sheriff, Aspen, Colorado 1970
“These are harsh words for a man only recently canonized by President Clinton and my old friend George McGovern — but I have written worse things about Nixon, many times, and the record will show that I kicked him repeatedly long before he went down. I beat him like a mad dog with mange every time I got a chance, and I am proud of it. He was scum… He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time… If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal… His body should have been burned in a trash bin… Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man shitting in his own nest. But he also shit in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.” Hunter S. Thompson, “He Was A Crook: Obituary on Richard Nixon, Rolling Stone 16 June 1994
I wonder what the good doctor would have made of Trump, since he was so mercilessly accurate in his many descriptions of the slimy Nixon, who now seems an honest and upright citizen in comparison to the utterly corrupt, venal, boorish monster who now sits at the same desk.