Nixon Tapes: Disparages Jews, Blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans

Saturday, December 11, 2010


The Richard M. Nixon Library just released a 265 hours of tapes recorded in the Oval Office of the late president just 16 months before he resigned.

On the tapes, Nixon is heard disparaging Jews, Blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans in a way reminiscent of Archie Bunker. What’s especially interesting is Nixon’s intense animosity toward Jews — since several members of his administration, including his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger is Jewish.

In Nixon’s own words:

· “The Jews have certain traits. The Irish have certain, for example, 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 the real Irish.”

· “The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They are wonderful people, but.”

· “The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

· “Bill Rogers has got — to his credit it’s a decent feeling — but somewhat sort of a blind spot on the black thing because he’s been in New York. He says well, ‘They are coming along, and that after all they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart. My own view is I think 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 be, frankly, inbred.”

Kudos to the Richard M. Library for releasing these tapes. The contents must be very embarrassing to Nixon’s surviving daughters.

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8 Responses to Nixon Tapes: Disparages Jews, Blacks, Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans

  1. feminazi says:

    I’m twice your age, Christopher. As a Jewish woman, I can testify to the fact this is how many Americans thought back then. In Connecticut, I rarely heard such comments but as I’ve shard with you, I worked in Atlanta for 3 years after college in the late-1950’s and anti-Semitism was rampant then.

  2. What I have never, ever understood about Nixon is this: why on earth did he knowingly record himself yapping and yapping, ad nauseam, while in the Oval Office?

    Nixon wasn’t a dope. He was paranoid, a racist, and petty, but the tape recorder was always on, capturing hundreds and hundreds of hours of his thoughts. He didn’t think one day, after he was gone the public would hear his words?

    What a strange guy.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    “Everyone knows. England is a fag nation.” – Archie Bunker. LOL!

  4. Rachel says:

    Why did Nixon tape himself? One word: ego. He was an egotistical SOB.

  5. Estacada says:

    Nixon was the product of his era. He came of age in the 40’s and 50’s and he was a Cold Warrior.

    His paranoia underscored every aspect of his world view. He was said to admire Joe McCarthy and looked the other way as J. Edgar Hoover trampled on civil liberties, all in the name of protecting America from the Commies.

  6. Miss Courtet says:

    I always loved the rumor that Nixon and his secretary, Rosemary Woods, had been carrying on a romantic affair for years and Patricia Nixon knew it and kept quiet. Woods’ devotion to her “boss” was curious and absolute. If true, it could explain the missing 18 minutes from the now infamous tape.

  7. Harry says:

    Tricky Dick was a real piece of Republican shit.

  8. Walk on Socks says:

    I remember my parents telling me Nixon was a big supporter of apartheid in South Africa and opposed economic sanctions against Pretoria to force the hand of the South African government.

    All of this seems like a hundred years ago but it was only 1974 or 1975.

    The world has changed in many fundamental ways. We have a apartheid is history and the U.S. elected a black Republican president. Nixon must be rolling over in his grave.

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