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Nixon’s War on People

MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber speaking about why Nixon really wanted drug laws:

“a top Republican Nixon aide later admitted, recounting how the Nixon campaign had two enemies, the anti-war left and black people. “By getting the public to associate marijuana with the hippies and blacks with heroin and criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.” That confession there is deep. A Nixon aide admitting one, the political plan was to mobilize their side by going after their opponents on the left and in the black community and then turning government powers to dial up the drug war to arrest and jail. Now that’s plenty. But here’s part two of that confession: “did we know we were lying about the drugs,” he asked, “of course we did.” A government abusing law and order to get power while claim claiming it’s the guardian of law and order.”

Aired on 7/22/2020, copyright MSNBC 2020.

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