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“The Jews Are Born Spies,” Says the President

President Nixon: The Jews are born spies. You notice how many of them are? They’re just in it up to their necks.

Haldeman: Well, got a basic devious abil– deviousness that–

President Nixon: Well, also, an arrogance, an arrogance that says– that’s what makes a spy. He puts himself above the law.

President Richard Nixon, having a friendly chat with his staff 40 years ago this month. Audio here.

Nixon was reelected the next year, with an electoral vote of 520-17. Here’s a campaign ad, from back in the day when 4.5-minute messages weren’t so unusual.

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