Richard Nixon on Crime
President of the U.S., 1968-1974
Along the route to the American embassy, protestors had erected a roadblock. Wielding clubs and pipes, a crowd swarmed the car. "They had firebombs, and they were bent on killing everybody in the party," an agent says. The crowd tried to pry open the doors and then began to rock the limo and try to set it on fire. The agents managed to get Nixon safely to the American embassy, where more angry insurgents confronted them. President Eisenhower sent the Sixth Fleet out to evacuate the embassy.
Sure, it was couched in other language. Nixon's law-and-order plank, for instance, technically was race neutral. But everyone in the South just knew that it was blacks who were committing most of the crimes. They understood what Nixon was getting at. If they wanted someone to stand up to those rioters making crazy demands, and those hippies egging them on, then Republican Richard Nixon was their man, not an unrecognized Minnesota liberal like Hubert Humphrey.
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