Newly released tapes reveal that President Nixon blamed his failures on Jews, and that he was willing to incite the U.S. public against the Jews.
The tapes were released by the Nixon Presidential Library. The tapes were the last group of Nixon tapes released of the president, who resigned due to the Watergate scandal.
The president seemed concerned that the Jews could derail his upcoming summit with the Soviet Union. In an April 19, 1973 phone call to the then National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, who is Jewish, Nixon expressed his extreme anti-Semitism.
"Let me tell you, Henry, that will be the worst thing that happened to the Jews in American history," Nixon said.
"If they torpedo the summit, and it could be lost for other reasons, I will blame them, and I will do so publicly at 9:00 pm before 80 million people," Nixon promised.
Kissinger is heard telling Nixon that the Jews "brought it upon themselves."
Nixon continued his anti-Semitic outbursts, saying: "I do not care one **** to have a bit of anti-Semitism if it's on this issue. They put the Jewish interests above the interests of the United States and it is time that the damn Jews in America realize that they are Americans first and Jews second."
Nixon’s comments about the Jews seem related to the American Jewish protests to free Soviet Jews.
In a call with Vice President Spiro Agnew, on April 18, 1973, Nixon said that Jews were holding the U.S. foreign policy "hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union." He added: "Some of the Jews can raise hell, but the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy, never!"