Newly released Nixon tapes reveal disparaging comments on Jews

Richard Nixon. Credit: White House photo office.

( Newly released audio recordings of former President Richard Nixon by the Nixon Presidential Library reveal the president’s deep paranoia and dislike of American Jews, Atlantic Wire reported.

In the final set of Nixon’s famous audio tapes, the president who resigned due to the Watergate scandal appears concerned that Jews would derail his upcoming summit with the Soviet Union. In an April 19, 1973 phone call to then National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, who is Jewish, Nixon expressed his paranoia.

“Let me say, Henry, it’s gonna be the worst thing that happened to Jews in American history,” Nixon said.

“If they torpedo this summit—and it might go down for other reasons—I’m gonna put the blame on them, and I’m going to do it publicly at 9 o’clock at night before 80 million people,” he vowed.

Kissinger is heard agreeing with Nixon, saying they “brought it on themselves.”

Nixon continued his anti-Semitic outbursts to Kissinger, saying, “I won’t mind one goddamn but to have a little anti-Semitism if it's on that issue.”

“They put the Jewish interest above America’s interest and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he's an American first and a Jew second,” he said.

Nixon’s comments on Jews appear related to American Jewish protests to free Soviet Jewry.

In a call to Vice President Spiro Agnew on April 18, 1973, Nixon said Jews were holding American foreign policy “hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union.” He added, “Some of the Jews picket can raise hell, but the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy—never!”


Posted on August 23, 2013 .