You’ve heard of the gift that keeps on giving? This is the stink bomb that keeps on stinking: Welcome to Ron Paul’s racist newsletters, part two, but never fear, Paul says, “probably ten sentences out of 10,000 pages” were cringeworthy. Besides, he says, he didn’t write ‘em, someone else did. But you know what, Ron? You allowed those someone elses to write them under your name..
[A]s TPM has reported and a new collection of Ron Paul newsletters posted by The New Republic confirms, racism, homophobia, and fringe conspiracy theories seem more like the newsletters’ raison d’etre than a rare aberration. In fact, even short promotional letters for the publication name-checked many of the most toxic passages.
One newsletter warns “honest Americans” to be “armed” and ready for all that violence by all those evil dark-skinned people.
“Today, gangs of young blacks bust into a bank lobby firing rounds at the ceiling,” one issue read, continuing: “We don’t think a child of 13 should be held as responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult, and should be treated as such.”
Another issue from 1993 defended Marge Schott, who used to own the Cincinatti Reds, after she notoriously referred to her players as “million-dollar niggers.”
And don’t get me started on the anti-gay rants. Key to all of these is irrational fear, which is what drives the despicable messages, warnings, hatred, and lies.
Read about all of that as well as conspiracy theories and more irrational concerns here.
Our posts on the first batch of stinky newsletters here.
To those “progressives” who see Ron Paul as a reasonable alternative to President Obama, please take a good long look at this story. His tacit approval speaks volumes.
Maybe that explains why he did so well in last night’s debate in South Carolina at which the audience was, well, rabid (h/t: @Starfleets). He’s their guy:
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