President Nixon Didn’t Consider Himself ‘Prejudiced,’ He Just Found Jews ‘Insecure’


Fresh off their WikiLeaks cable dump, the Times unleashed the text of new recordings from Nixon’s presidency, released this week by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. While previously released recordings have detailed Nixon’s well-known animosity toward Jews and black people, these tapes “suggest an added layer of complexity to Nixon’s feeling,” according to the Times. For example, “He and his aides seem to make a distinction between Israeli Jews, whom Nixon admired, and American Jews.” And those Italians! He has real mixed feelings on them. But he doesn’t call it prejudice:

And, finally, on black people:

The 37th president of the United States, everybody.

In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks [NYT]