Lest we forget what a dangerously insane man Nixon was, here are some quotes — most are from his own taped White House conversions.
Nixon the awesome president!
Well, when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
Nixon: The only place where you and I disagree… is with regard to the bombing. You’re so goddamned concerned about civilians and I don’t give a damn. I don’t care.
Kissinger: I’m concerned about the civilians because I don’t want the world to be mobilized against you as a butcher.
Nixon: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you? …I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.
— In conversation with Henry Kissinger regarding Vietnam
Just say [the shooter] was a supporter of McGovern and Kennedy. Just put that out… say you have it on unmistakable evidence.
— On the attempted assassination of George McGovern
I’m wondering if that was ﬁxed.
— Regarding the photograph of Vietnamese children running from a Napalm attack
Nixon on gays
The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time — it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. I can’t shake hands with anybody from San Francisco.
Nevertheless, goddamn, I don’t think you glorify it on public television, homosexuality, even more than you glorify whores. We all know we have weaknesses. But, goddammit, what do you think that does to kids? You know what happened to the Greeks! Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates.
You know what happened to the Romans? The last six Roman emperors were fags — neither in a public way. You know what happened to the popes? They were layin’ the nuns; that’s been goin’ on for years… centuries. But the Catholic Church went to hell three or four centuries ago. It was homosexual, and it had to be cleaned out. That’s what’s happened to Britain. It happened earlier to France.
The Russians, goddamn, they root ’em out. They don’t let ’em around at all. I don’t know what they do with them. Look at this country. You think the Russians allow dope? Homosexuality, dope, immorality, are the enemies of strong societies.
Nixon on “The Jews”
But, Bob, generally speaking, you can’t trust the bastards. They turn on you. Am I wrong or right?
— Speaking about Jews to Bob Hope (who’s going, “uhhhh… yeah” on the other end)
You know, it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana are Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists.
Many Jews in the Communist conspiracy… Chambers and Hiss were the only non-Jews… Many thought that Hiss was. He could have been a half… Every other one was a Jew — and it raised hell for us. But in this case, I hope to God he’s not a Jew.
The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.
As long as I’m sitting in the chair, there’s not going to be any Jew appointed to that court. [No Jew] can be right on the criminal-law issue.
They’re untrustworthy… look at the Justice Department. It’s full of Jews.
You meet with all their editors, you better take your Jewish beanie.
— On Billy Grahm’s lunch with the editor of Time Magazine
Nixon on “Negroes”
There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white… or a rape.
So few of those who engage in espionage… are Negroes. In fact, very few of them become Communists. If they do, they like… they get into Angela Davis — they’re more the capitalist type. And they throw bombs and this and that. But the Negroes. …have you ever noticed? …any Negro spies?
We’re going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family — let people like Pat Moynihan and Leonard Garment and others believe in all that crap. But I don’t believe in it. Work, work — throw ’em off the rolls. That’s the key.
I have the greatest affection for them but I know they’re not going to make it for 500 years. They aren’t. You know it, too. The Mexicans are a different cup of tea. They have a heritage. At the present time they steal, they’re dishonest, but they do have some concept of family life. They don’t live like a bunch of dogs, which the Negroes do live like.
Nixon on women
I’m not for women, frankly, in any job. I don’t want any of them around. Thank God we don’t have any in the Cabinet.
I don’t think a woman should be in any government job whatever. I mean, I really don’t. The reason why I do is mainly because they are erratic… and emotional.