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Palling around with Nazis: How Republican rhetoric obscures Ron Paul’s white supremacist base
Not one Republican candidate has mentioned this photograph, circulated via social media by an #occupy protest group last week... It shows Paul posing with Don Black, a former American Nazi Party member turned KKK Grand Wizard and owner of the white supremacist Stormfront.org. And it’s not just a matter of unfortunate photo ops.
First, there are the racist newsletters. Paul launched three of them during the mid- to late 1980′s, one each on investment, survivalism and politics. He would act as their publisher well into the 1990s. Recent scrutiny of the newsletters revealed all sorts of shocking views that Paul has since renounced. Things like this, on the 1992 LA riots:
Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. … What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided.
In 1990, Paul accused Martin Luther King, Jr. of pedophilia and said King “helped replace the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.” He’d go on to excoriate former President Ronald Reagan for endorsing the national holiday in King’s honor, calling it “hate whitey day.”
The newsletters also revealed shocking anti-Semitic and homophobic beliefs. In one, Paul theorized that the state of Israel was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Elsewhere, he alleged that gay men “enjoy the attention” that supposedly comes with AIDS diagnosis.
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