Remember those Ron Paul newsletters that he published but maybe didn’t personally write — the ones that had all that mean stuff about how all the black people are stupid criminals? The New Republic’s James Kirchick dug up a whole bunch more back issues of the creepy newsletters, which mix every kind of Art Bell paranoia with good old-fashioned attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.
As with the previous batch of interesting theories and thoughts from the RP newsletters, the newly discovered issues are missing helpful clues (such as bylines) that might help today’s concerned voter figure out if Ron Paul himself authored all these racist paranoid gold-loving Israel-obsessed diatribes, or if his friends and supporters actually wrote the material. But nearly every month for thirty years, there has been a newsletter with Ron Paul’s name on the masthead, published by one of Ron Paul’s organizations.
Martin Luther King Jr. earned special ire from Paul’s newsletters, which attacked the civil rights leader frequently, often to justify opposition to the federal holiday named after him. (“What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!” one newsletter complained in 1990. “We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”) In the early 1990s, a newsletter attacked the “X-Rated Martin Luther King” as a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours,” “seduced underage girls and boys,” and “made a pass at” fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy. One newsletter ridiculed black activists who wanted to rename New York City after King, suggesting that “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” and “Lazyopolis” were better alternatives. The same year, King was described as “a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”
Ha ha, “Zooville.”
As usual, Paul’s official campaign spokesman can barely be bothered to come up with a mild non-denial-denial for this crap.
Asked if Dr. Congressman Paul approved this stuff in his monthly newsletters, campaign spokesman Jesse Benton answered: “Most of the incendiary stuff, no.”
The anti-war/hippie embrace of Dr. Congressman Ron Paul is one of the absolute strangest things to ever happen in politics.
Angry White Man [TNR]