NIXON 'S ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS ON TAPES
REVEAL 'A GREAT MAN FLAWED,' SAYS ADL
New York, NY, December 9, 1996...Recently released tapes of remarks made
by the late President Richard M. Nixon to his aids indicate Mr. Nixon "absorbed
the ugly stereotypes of a classic anti-Semite," and was "a great
man flawed," according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The San
Francisco Examiner reported the contents of the 1971 tapes in an article
yesterday. In a statement released today, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National
The anti-Semitism revealed in the White House conversations secretly taped
by the late President Nixon is chilling. His call for Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) audits of 'the big Jewish contributors to the Democrats,' his repeated
references to 'rich Jews,' his accusations of a 'Jewish cabal,' and to Jews
'that are stealing in every direction' indicate he had absorbed the ugly
stereotypes of a classic anti-Semite. Calling for IRS audits of his political
enemies was one of the grounds the House Judiciary Committee cited in 1974
when it called for Mr. Nixon's impeachment.
These tapes show a great man flawed. What is also disturbing is that there
was no rebuke or challenge of his bigotry by President Nixon's aids. Here
is evidence that this sinister disease reached into the most powerful office
in the world. No one is immune.
Mr. Nixon certainly supported and helped Israel during his presidency. It
is indeed ironic to discover once again that this friend of Israel was,
in fact, highly intolerant of Jews.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.