Is Ron Paul racist, or just stupid? (and, as a Presidential nominee, which is worse?)

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Ron Paul ’90s newsletters rant against blacks, gays

January 10, 2008

A series of newsletters in the name of GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul contain several racist remarks — including one that says order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went “to pick up their welfare checks.”

CNN recently obtained the newsletters — written in the 1990s and one from the late 1980s — after a report was published about their existence in The New Republic.

None of the newsletters CNN found says who wrote them, but each was published under Paul’s name between his stints as a U.S. congressman from Texas.

Paul told CNN’s “The Situation Room” Thursday that he didn’t write any of the offensive articles and has “no idea” who did. Watch Paul’s full interview with CNN

“When you bring this question up, you’re really saying, ‘You’re a racist’ or ‘Are you a racist?’ And the answer is, ‘No, I’m not a racist,'” he said.

Paul said he had never even read the articles with the racist comments. See the newsletter excerpts for yourself


6 thoughts on “Is Ron Paul racist, or just stupid? (and, as a Presidential nominee, which is worse?)

  1. These were debunked years ago, when he ran for Congress again in the 90s. He had been practicing medicine full time without any pr staff, and before internet made a ‘google search’ an easy reference. He had a paid editor and volunteers putting out a ‘Ron Paul newsletter’. Except for the occasional Christmas letter, he wasn’t involved in the newsletter. Someone wrote, over some ten years, a handful of bigoted statements, but they were years old when he learned of them in the 90s. He took moral responsibility because they were in his newsletter, but neither before nor since, has he had a racist policy or actual racist statement he himself has made — and he has been in the public eye for thirty years. In the 90s when this came out the NAACP district chief for his district gave a radio interview saying he wasn’t racist at all (it is on youtube.) However, until this was sprung the night before the New Hampshire primaries in 2007, it was something all his constituents had long known to be not attributable to him. Look into it, it pops like a soap bubble and only gets so much attention because there is NOTHING else.

    I was just looking for someone to vote for who wasn’t McCain, but wanted to look into this first — and found out that his character and principled actions both in Congress and in his personal life are absolutely inspiring. You owe it to yourself to look into it, also.

    • Those letters were published on his letterhead. Listen, Ron Paul is a conspiracy loving hack and has no more place in the White House than the man sitting there, now.
      On Israel:

      The newsletters display an obsession with Israel; no other country is mentioned more often in the editions I saw, or with more vitriol. A 1987 issue of Paul’s Investment Letter called Israel “an aggressive, national socialist state,” and a 1990 newsletter discussed the “tens 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.” Of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a newsletter said, “Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.”

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    • Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a big fan of earmarks. Unlike Ron Paul. Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a bigot, nor a racist, unlike Ron Paul. I’m not too sure you’re familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s views.

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