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Leaked White House tapes reveal Pres. Richard "Dick" Nixon’s gay shockers.
In newly unearthed tapes from April 28, 1971 posted by Vanity Fair , the 37th president who made “Watergate” a household word, Nixon says gays are “born that way but also called being homosexual “a problem.”
“I don’t want my views misunderstood. I am the most tolerant person on that of anybody in this shop,” Nixon said.
“They have a problem. They’re born that way. You know that. That’s all. I think they are. Anyway, my point is, though, when I say they’re born that way, the tendency is there.”
Nixon turned to national security adviser Henry Kissinger, chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman and chief domestic aide John Ehrlichman to run his theories up the proverbial flagpole.
Tricky Dick’s theory? That historically world empires and cultures collpased thanks to an overabundance of rampant gayety.
Haldreman promptly gets his feet wet, saying, “There’s a whole bunch of Roman emperors” who were gay.
Nixon replies,“ But the point is, look at that, once a society moves in that direction, the vitality goes out of that society. Now, isn’t that right, Henry?”
Kissinger immediately sucks face with his boss on the tape and agrees, “That’s certainly been the case in antiquity. The Romans were notorious … homosexuals.”
Nixon then says he didn’t “want to touch” the gay “lifestyle” or voice anything that could be viewed as supportive of homosexuals who ruined The Roman Empire and prior to that --“The Greeks.
“And they had plenty of it,” Nixon said.
He then declares, “By God, I am not going to have a situation where we pass along a law indicating, `Well, now, kids, just go out and be gay.’ “They can do it. Just leave them alone. That’s a lifestyle I don’t want to touch.”