How Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to crush the presidential ambitions of Ted Kennedy

Conflicting: Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to kill Ted Kennedy's plans to challenge him in the 1972 elections (Nixon and Kennedy above in August 1969, a few weeks after the Chappaquiddick scandal)

Destruction of a dynasty: how Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to crush the presidential ambitions of Ted Kennedy – and suggested that the victim, 28, died after performing immoral act & # 39;

  • Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to kill Ted Kennedy's plans to challenge him in the 1972 elections
  • The 1969 car accident that resulted in the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne is the focus of the new Fox News & Scandinavia season
  • In a memo from a Nixon official, the victim himself is accused of possibly an immoral act & # 39; who may have affected her life after death
  • Kennedy did not end in the end, and in 1980 his only bid for President also broke the scandal
  • Nixon's tactics will be the focus of the new episode of Scandalous: Chappaquiddick when it airs on Sunday at 8:00 pm on Fox News

Chris Spargo for Dailymail.com

The dream of Ted Kennedy to become president, even continued after the scandal of Chappaquiddick.

This is the focus of the new episode of Scandalous airing this Sunday on Fox News, which examines how the then-seated President Richard Nixon used the tragedy to kill Kennedy's aspirations for a place in the Oval Office.

The Nixon White House was clearly very interested in this matter, as it was always assumed that Teddy would run into Richard Nixon when he sought re-election in 1972, Boston explains, columnist Howie Carr, in an exclusive clip from the episode.

Thomas Whalen, the Associate Professor of Social Services at Boston University, explains how documents and recordings that are now in the public archive show how Nixon and his team had made plans to bring Kennedy down after the crash.

Kennedy escaped unharmed, while his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, lost her life.

& # 39; They saw this as a kind of silver bullet to end Ted Kennedy's political career forever & # 39 ;, says Whalen from the Nixon government.

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Conflicting: Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to kill Ted Kennedy's plans to challenge him in the 1972 elections (Nixon and Kennedy above in August 1969, a few weeks after the Chappaquiddick scandal)

Conflicting: Richard Nixon used the Chappaquiddick scandal to kill Ted Kennedy's plans to challenge him in the 1972 elections (Nixon and Kennedy above in August 1969, a few weeks after the Chappaquiddick scandal)

Nixon Memo

Nixon Memo

Mary Jo Kopechne

Mary Jo Kopechne

Low stroke: in a memo from an administrative member, the victim himself is accused of possibly committing an immoral act & # 39; who could have affected her hereafter

Nixon also considered to go after the victim, where at that time there was one file stating that she probably died after performing an immoral act & # 39 ;.

That note, from board member Jack Caufield, went on to say that since Kennedy had fled the scene, a priest was unable to read the victim's last rites.

"The extreme importance … does not need an explanation here," says the memo, stating that the end of life of the victim may be affected by her and Kennedy's actions that night.

The aggressive line of Nixon was no surprise to those who were familiar with his tactics, Whalen explains.

"Nixon has a reputation for being a pretty difficult setback, but if you are going to challenge him for the presidency, everything is on the shelf here, including what happened in Chappaquiddick," Whalen says.

Nixon was able to destroy Kennedy's plan of a possible flight, but not derail his future in Congress.

At the time, Kennedy was the Majority Whip in the Senate, seven years after he won a special election in Massachusetts for the seat released by his brother John when he was elected president.

He would hold that chair until his death in 2009, and in 1980 tried to become a president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter, a race he lost.

Carter then subsequently lost to Ronald Reagan in the general election

Kennedy was the precursor due to Carter's bottomless approval rating at the time, which at one point submerged under 20 percent.

That lead, however, began to narrow when the scandal of Chappaquiddick was revised and Kennedy could not adequately address the tragedy.

Kennedy was Martha's Vineyard racing in the Edgartown Regatta and on the evening of July 18, 1969, attended a party in a rented house on the island of Chappaquiddick. Guests included Kennedy friends and several women, including Kopechne, who had killed the presidential campaign of his brother Robert F. Kennedy a year earlier.

Kennedy and Kopechne, 28, left the party together and a short time later their car crashed into Poucha Pond. Kennedy escaped from the flooded vehicle and said that he made several futile attempts to save Kopechne, who was in it.

Kennedy, who died in 2009, later described his failure to report the incident to the police at 10 o'clock as & # 39; indefensible & # 39 ;.

Outrageous: Chappaquiddick aired on Sunday at 8:00 pm on Fox News.

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