One of Nixon
's dirty tricks, as played on Democrats
. Nixon's aides circulated a letter alleging that Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Edmund S. Muskie used the racial slur
" in reference to Americans of French Canadian
descent. The letter was published in newspapers. Muskie was so distraught that he cried when giving a speech in the New Hampshire Primaries, effectively ending his career.
Not only was Muskie innocent, most Canadians
don't really mind the term Canuck
. For example, consider the Vancouver Canucks
. It would later be revealed by The Washington Post
that the letter was actually written by Ken Clawson
, deputy director of White House communications.