While reading an article, I found a sentence of which I couldn't get the exact meaning, which was:
It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking. We have never had a president like him, so history is a poor guide. For his racism, we can perhaps look back to Woodrow Wilson; his general unfitness to hold the nation’s highest office recalls the hapless Andrew Johnson. Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal. (Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post, December 24, 2018)
And this is another sentence I slightly changed in a way that it looks somewhat familiar to me:
Andrew Jackson was as impetuous as Richard M. Nixon was venal.
So the questions are:
- Is there a significant difference between those sentences in terms of meaning?
- Could you grammatically analyze the original sentence? Are there any omitted components or inversions?
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