Nixon & Kissinger: “Not an American Concern” if USSR Gases Jews
Newly released secret tapes recorded in the Nixon White House add new revelations to the former President’s well-known animosity towards Jews, blacks, Italians and the Irish.
Richard M. Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House that captured thousands of hours of fascinating insight into his doomed presidency. Indeed, many of those tapes would be his undoing during the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to his resignation in 1974.
Among the most shocking revelations in the 265 hours of newly released recordings:
NIXON ON JEWS: “The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.” Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s Secretary of State, had this to say after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.” Nixon added: “I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
NIXON ON THE IRISH: “The Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly real Irish.”
NIXON ON ITALIANS: “The Italians, of course, those people don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They’re wonderful people, but…”
NIXON ON BLACKS: A Nixon cabinet member said black Americans were making progress and would one day strengthen the country. Nixon said: “He’s right if you’re talking in terms of 500 years. I think it’s wrong if you’re talking in terms of 50 years. What has to happen is they have to be, frankly, inbred. And that’s the only thing that’s going to do it.”
When a senior adviser told Nixon that he was “a little prejudiced,” Nixon objected. “I’ve just recognized that, you know, all people have certain traits.”