Nixon audio tapes released, revealing racist and derogatory comments

Richard Nixon bashed Jews, blacks, Italians and Irish in a collection of recorded audio tapes that were released Thursday by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, according to an article by the Washington Post.

"The Jews have certain traits. The Irish have certain - for example, the Irish can't drink...they get mean. Virtually every Irish I've known gets mean when he drinks. It's sort of a natural trait. Particularly the real Irish," Nixon said in February of 1973, among 265 more hours of tapes.

The conversations were with an array of his top aides, and also his personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, according to the Washington Post.

Nixon told Woods that blacks might become valued members of society "if you're talking in terms of 500 years," the Irish Times reported.

The Irish Times points out that the newly released tapes provide further evidence of Nixon's anti-Semitism, more evidence than tapes that had already been released in 1999.

"The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality," he said in one of the newly released tapes. "Most of our Jewish friends...they are all basically people who have a sense of inferiority and have got to compensate."

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