Slog has been continually reminding you of this for the last four years, but because he's at the top of Iowa polls, it's time for the media to remind you that Ron Paul's newsletter was a hotbed of racist and bigoted thought for years. The New York Times explains:
A 1992 passage from the Ron Paul Political Report about the Los Angeles riots read, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” A passage in another newsletter asserted that people with AIDS should not be allowed to eat in restaurants because “AIDS can be transmitted by saliva”; in 1990 one of his publications criticized Ronald Reagan for having gone along with the creation of the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which it called “Hate Whitey Day.”
The Ron Paul team's defense is that Dr. Congressman Paul was unaware of the white supremacist writing that was repeatedly published in a newsletter that bears his name. This is a completely unsatisfying response, especially when you pair it with all the allegations against his son, Rand Paul. There's an old expression about smoke being a leading indicator of fire that I think applies here. Even more damning: Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic reminds us that Ron Paul has defended those racist statements:
...In 1992, Paul published a newsletter in which he claimed:
Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.
Paul defended this statement citing criminal justice stats and saying, "These aren't my figures," Dr. Paul said Tuesday. "That is the assumption you can gather from" the report.
Dear Ron Paul supporters: The man is a bigot. He's a bigot when the media starts paying attention to his bigoted views, and he's a bigot when the media isn't paying attention to his bigoted views. He's always been one, and he'll always be one. He hasn't apologized for providing a platform for bigots, and he hasn't apologized for defending their bigoted views. If you vote for Ron Paul, you're voting for a bigot.