The Rittenhouse Review

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005  

Nixon’s Anti-Semitism

Perhaps no less weird than the Felt family’s desire to cash in on pater’s “Deep Throat” fame is the reminder of what a crazed anti-Semite -- and anti-Catholic -- was former President Richard M. Nixon.

As Todd S. Purdum reports in today’s New York Times (“‘Deep Throat’ Unmasks Himself as Ex-No. 2 Official at F.B.I.”):

The Watergate tapes disclosed that Nixon [Ed.: A Quaker.] himself had singled out Mr. Felt for special suspicion, once asking his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman [Ed.: A Christian Scientist.], “Is he a Catholic?” Mr. Haldeman replied that Mr. Felt, who is of Irish descent, was Jewish, and Nixon, who often liked to see Jews at the root of his troubles, replied: “It could be the Jewish thing. I don't know. It’s always a possibility.”

You know, the still stranger thing is that Nixon probably had a similar conversation with Henry Kissinger, and based on previously released White House tapes it’s safe to assume Kissinger -- who, believe it or not, to this day walks the streets of Manhattan a free, and very wealthy, man -- nodded and grinned and rubbed his hands together and called Felt “a heeb,” or something like that.

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