A damning new story, yeah it warrants being called damning, from The New Republic on Ron Paul’s newsletter from the 1990s. Apparently it was chock full of racism and conspiratorial claims. The New Republic link is getting hammered since it was linked from Drudge.
Here’s an interview with author of The New Republican piece on MSNBC’s Tucker:
Pajamas Media put together a ton of the quotes, here is the summary form their story:
As Kirchick reportsâ€”whether describing post-apartheid South Africa as a â€œdestruction of civilization,â€ alleging that Martin Luther King â€œseduced underage girls and boys,â€ warning of â€œtens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise,â€ or urging white readers to arm themselves after â€œthe first skirmish in the race war of the 1990s,â€â€”virtually every historic trope of racism, anti-Semitism, anti-gay bigotry, or conspiracy theorizing featured in the â€œRon Paul Political Reportâ€ in one way or another.
For his part, Paul has alternately acknowledged writing some of the material that went out under his name, only to deny authorship when confronted with the most disturbing details. In any case, Paul has taken â€œmoral responsibilityâ€ for the contents of the â€œRon Paul Political Report.â€ What follows is a quick digest of some of his greatest, which is to say most disgraceful, hits.
Here are a couple of the worst quotes direct from Ron Paul’s newsletters:
â€œ[O]ur country is being destroyed by a group of actual and potential terroristsâ€”and they can be identified by the color of their skin.â€
â€œI think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city [Washington, D.C.] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.â€
â€œWe are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, but it is hardly irrational.â€
You can check out the rest of the from Pajamas Media as there are too many to list here.
Wonder what Paul supporters have to say about this? They’re straight from his own newsletter which he has said he takes full responsibility for. Hard to excuse them as being taken out of context because there are so many of them and, frankly, they’re direct quotes and complete sentences.
Update via commenter
Ron Paul has issued this statement from his website concerning these articles:
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA â€“ In response to an article published by The New Republic, Ron Paul issued the following statement:
â€œThe quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such small-minded thoughts.
â€œIn fact, I have always agreed with Martin Luther King, Jr. that we should only be concerned with the content of a person’s character, not the color of their skin. As I stated on the floor of the U.S. House on April 20, 1999: â€˜I rise in great respect for the courage and high ideals of Rosa Parks who stood steadfastly for the rights of individuals against unjust laws and oppressive governmental policies.â€™
â€œThis story is old news and has been rehashed for over a decade. It’s once again being resurrected for obvious political reasons on the day of the New Hampshire primary.
â€œWhen I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time, a newsletter was published under my name that I did not edit. Several writers contributed to the product. For over a decade, I have publicly taken moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.â€
Please, when someone puts your name on something you don’t bother know what’s being printed? What does that say about the people who supported him writing in this publication? That kind of garbage being published under his name and he never bothered looking into it more?
He may disavow those statements now, and I don’t doubt his sincerity, but that’s still pretty weak.