December 22, 2011
Ron Paul dogged by his racist, anti-Israel newsletters from 1990s
When the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) excluded Texas Congressman and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul from its daylong forum earlier this month, RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said that Paul was “so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,” and said the RJC “rejects his misguided and extreme views.”
Most observers assumed that Brooks was talking about Paul’s libertarian stance that the U.S. should eliminate all foreign aid, including foreign aid to Israel. But now Paul, who has been rising in the polls in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, which are less than two weeks away, is working to avoid having his Presidential bid derailed by some even more “misguided and extreme views” that appeared in newsletters he published.
Here’s a sampling of the incendiary contents of the Ron Paul Political Report, as reported in the New York Times:
This isn’t a new story—an article in the New Republic covered this ground in 2008—but with Paul rising in the polls, he is now being forced to once again distance himself from the newsletter’s content, which he says he did not edit.
According to an article from the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, the newsletter also contained numerous anti-Israel comments: