A weak showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary couldn’t stop Ron Paul from continuing his quest for the Presidency, but hate-filled words attributed to him might knock the “Internet’s Favorite Candidate” out of the running for the Republican nomination. On Tuesday, January 8, the New Republic posted excerpts from a series of newsletters called the “Ron Paul Political Report.” Typewritten and rather sloppy, the newsletters contain what is best described as hate-filled rants.
The Ron Paul Newsletters: “A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” (June 15, 1992)
Following the explosive Los Angeles riots in 1992, the “Ron Paul Political Report” carried the headline “A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism.” The report analyzes the riots, which happened after several Los Angeles Police Officers were acquitted of mistreating Rodney King during his arrest. Addressing the issue of the rioters acting out on their frustrations, the report says that “they [the rioters] were looking for an excuse to kill, burn and loot.”
The Ron Paul Newsletters: Attack on Dr. Martin Luther King
In December 1990, in reference to the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King every year, the “Ron Paul Political Report” says that Dr. King plagiarized his “PhD dissertations, his academic articles, his speeches and his sermons” and goes on to call him a “world class adulterer” and a seducer of boys and girls. Other editions of the newsletter continue the attack on the late Dr. King.
The Ron Paul Newsletters: Attack on Gays
After “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney made some on-air comments against “homosexual unions”, the March 15, 1990 “Ron Paul Political Report” says that “CBS forced him [Rooney] into an apologetic interview with The Advocate, a homosexual magazine filled with classified ads for perverted prostitutes.”
Ron Paul Newsletters: Did He Actually Write Them?
On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Republican hopeful Ron Paul said that he didn’t write any of the offensive articles and had “no idea” who did. On the subject of racism, Paul said “Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, they’re the heroes [of my life].”
This isn’t the first time that these newsletters have come to light, forcing Ron Paul to deny writing them. On May 21, 2007, on the USA Today blog, Mark Memmott and Jill Lawrence dealt with the issue of whether or not Paul himself wrote all those hate-filled editions of the “Ron Paul Political Report.” The blog entry reports that Paul allegedly told Texas Monthly magazine in October 2001 that “I could never say this in the campaign, but those words weren’t really written by me. … It wasn’t my language at all.”
Ron Paul Newsletters: The Bottom Line
No matter if Ron Paul wrote the newsletters himself or hired a staff to write and publish the “Ron Paul Political Report,” his name is on all the newsletters and unless he can show that he had no involvement in their publication, he needs to take responsibility for their content.
Additional Resource: The New Republic, “Selections From Ron Paul’s Newsletters”