Roosevelt wanted to help Great Britain in its fight against Nazi Germany-before the U.S. entered the war. But he had opponents.
From a book review by Jacob Heilbrunn in Sunday’s NYTimes:
“The most nettlesome anatagonist Roosevelt faced was Charles Lindbergh. He presented himself as a cool and dispassionate realist, assuring his American audiences that England was doomed and that there was no choice but to cozy up to the Third Reich. But he tipped his hand at an America First rally in September 1940 in Des Moines, when he announced that the real enemy was internal and Jewish ““ ‘their greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, ourt radio and our government.'”
An essay in the same issue of the Book Review talks about his marriage to Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “She felt baffled by his mercurial behavior: Lindbergh would stay with her and the five children only a few months of the year, rarely saying where he was going….
“…by the late 1950s, Lindbergh had begun affairs with three German women, with whom he would eventually sire seven children…. He regularly visited all three of his secret German families four times a year until his death in 1974.”