Of course I already knew this.
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh.
It has long been established that Richard Nixon was an antisemite and a racist, but this is the first really overt racist language ever attributed to Ronald Reagan.
However if you were paying attention his racism was evident all along.
Reagan was the one to popularized the phrase “Welfare Queens” which was used to shame mostly African American people on food stamps.
With the help of Lee Atwater Reagan also utilized the “southern stragey” to win votes in the south.
Reagan was known to use racist dog whistles like “state’s rights,” “reverse discrimination,” and “Make America Great Again.”
Yeah that’s right, Trump stole that from Reagan.
And Trump ahs also clumsily revealed just how ingrained racism is within the Republican party.
But as these new tapes reveal it has really been there all along.