Ronald Reagan Explains His Reference to "Bloodbath"

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KPIX Eyewitness news footage from April 16th 1970 featuring brief scenes from a press conference by California's Governor Ronald Reagan, who is attempting to explain the context in which he allegedly referred to the need for a "Bloodbath" to quell student demonstrators, at a meeting of the Council of California Growers on April 7th 1970. Reagan states: "Actually what I used as an expression or a figure of speech was saying that I believe that certain administrators so far had attempted to temporize to the point of appeasing, in an effort to deal with this obviously little revolutionary group. And I said I think they've come to the end of the line of temporizing. I said I think they've come to the moment of truth. They must bite the bullet and take the bloodbath of saying here this far and no further. It was an expression of speech." Please note this is all the footage we've been able to find from this speech, to date. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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