January 10th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Ron Paul '90s newsletters rant against blacks, gays

 This is a copy of one of the Ron Paul Political Report newsletters, which has stirred controversy.

This is a copy of one of the Ron Paul Political Report newsletters, which has stirred controversy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A series of newsletters in the name of GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul contain several racist remarks - including one that says order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went "to pick up their welfare checks."

CNN recently obtained the newsletters - written in the 1990s and one from the late 1980s - after a report was published about their existence in the New Republic.

None of the newsletters CNN found says who wrote them, but each was published under Paul's name between his stints as a U.S. congressman from Texas.

Related video: Paul: 'I'm not a racist'

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- CNN's Brian Todd

Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    I believe these are authentic. What's fishy about these is that Ron Paul or his people didn't know about them. This is an example of an election surprise – wait until October!

    January 10, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Ken King

    CNN neglected to mention that not only did Ron Paul denounce these racist writings in the 90's, retractions were issued in the newsletter the following month.

    Tucker Carlson had a guest on suggesting that Paul wrote this stuff himself, including calling MLK a gay pedophile.

    In some contries the MSM pundits could be sued under libel and defamation laws for this sort of thing.

    Anyone who looks into this story for 5 minutes will see that it's actually a non-story.

    This is a good example of a political hit piece that lies by omission.

    Most trusted name in news eh?

    January 10, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Democrat

    I bet he will be dropping out of the race within a few days lol.

    January 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    It didn't go on "for so long without him knowing about it". He's known about it since he had to deal with it when he was voted back into the senate. (Yes, it's come out before in the exact same format)

    What would be REALLY interesting, is to see who the subscribers were when this stuff was being circulated.

    January 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Michelle

    How is this any different than what Huckabee does about Mormons?

    January 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. s.positive

    Guys America is bigger, greater and wiser than this, lets stay focused on the real issue here and that is electing our next leader. The black and white folks will tell you that this is a distraction

    January 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Daniel

    It's easy to see how he didn't notice these at first. If he wasn't reading/writing this racist material in the first place, it is hard stuff for someone to just "run into". THe only people who would have read things like this would be people with related thoughts or people doing research.

    January 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Liam

    They were his newsletters. Who did he hire to write them, David Duke!. Ron Paul would have you believe that none of his staff or family saw them or mentioned them. Well I do not believe him. I think he is an out and out racist, but should one tend to believe that he did not know what was being send out in his own newsletters then isn't he far to detached and incompetent to be The Chief Executive of a Lemonade Stand, never mind the entire USA!.

    January 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    January 8, 2008

    Today, as New Hampshire voters headed to the polls, The New Republic published an article carefully timed to hurt Ron Paul.

    This article rehashes an old issue of quotations from newsletters published under Dr. Paul's name, but not edited by him. Dr. Paul takes full responsibility, as he has for over a decade, for failing to adequately monitor the words that went out under his name.

    You and I know that Dr. Paul's message of freedom is about individual liberty, and that liberty is the best antidote to racism. If anyone has doubts, I would encourage them to read Dr. Paul's issue page on racism.

    Dr. Paul's response to the article is posted here. As you would expect, Congressman Paul denounces racism and embraces instead, the hopeful message of freedom - the message he has championed for decades.


    Kent Snyder
    Chairman, Ron Paul 2008

    January 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. G


    January 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Bukky, Balt MD

    "The controversial newsletters include rants against the Israeli lobby, gays, AIDS victims and Martin Luther King Jr. - described as a "pro-Communist philanderer." One newsletter, from June 1992, right after the LA riots, says "order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks."

    Another says, "The criminals who terrorize our cities - in riots and on every non-riot day - are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to 'fight the power,' to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible."

    Wow how do you not know that this is what is being attributed to you!!! The fact that he's think "its not big deal because I didn't write it " is shocking.

    Also this is not the first report of things like this from Ron Paul. A few weeks ago there was an article on here about him taking donations from White Supremecists

    January 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. John

    Mr Wells – are you serious? Can you please start ranting about the Loch Ness Monster and Yeti while you're going on about conspiracy. Please, it would make my entire lifetime. And yes, the rest of the country will go on ignoring "Dr." Paul, thank you for your permission. 🙂 (All in jest my friend – free speech lives on)

    January 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. RM

    The truth is irrelevant. The point is to affect the vote. If people keep screaming 'racism' eventually the voters will believe it.

    Personally, I'd rather have a racist (not really, but for arguements sake) than someone who has, or is willing to, kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis for their OIL. Think about THAT.

    January 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Bill

    Such comments represent the perspectives of many Americans who are afraid to express them for fear of being labled "racist" or some other epithet from the political correctness chefs.

    January 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Walter

    Ron Paul's response today was strong. He took moral responsibility for such nonsense being in a newsletter with his name on it, and at the same time clearly explained his ideas on race and racism in America. Even Wolf admitted that those words don't sound like the Ron Paul he knows. Paul pointed out that never has he been caught or seen saying anything like that garbage. The reason is that he doesn't say, and more importantly, doesn't support or hold such ideas.

    He had some idea that some such nonsense was printed in the newsletters and he had addressed the issue in his district before, as he pointed out, no one there believed because it has no merit. He did say some of the specifics of what was written was new to him. That what exactly was written, verbatim, he didn't know isn't in the least surprising.

    In the end, Rep. Ron Paul is, categorically, not a racist. He explained this quite clearly. Racism is a form of Collectivism, that is, of grouping people by some sort trait, economic status, or some such thing. As a libertarian republican these two views are incompatible. Libertarian-Republicanism does not treat/deal with people as groups but as individuals, thus, a libertarian-republican can not be a racist.

    January 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Jason, Chicago, IL

    This is so sad to me. I was a huge Ron Paul supporter and contributor to his campaign. In my research I saw one mention of Paul being a racist but I wrote it off as random, unsubstantiated ramblings. Boy was I wrong.

    I still love his message, but there is no way he didn't know about the writings. He may not of written these things, but he had to know of their existence published under his name and that makes it the same thing. Not to mention the fact that he profited from the newsletters. These writings might help explain why some of his supporters are supremacists and fringe groups.

    As irony would have it, the day this story got released the Ron Paul shirt I bought from his campaign was shipped. I just picked it up today. What a waste of money.

    January 10, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Steve

    Urging people to know how to use a gun.... yet he doesnt own any. Yeah "of course" he wrote that. Obvious hit piece people. Nothing to see here....seriously. Nothing in any video or verbal recording to back any of that article up -at all. So duh. An obvious "smear now and retract it weeks later on page 15B". Whatever.

    January 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Sam

    "Ron Paul really won New Hampshire, but the MSM is working along with others to rig the election."

    People, get a grip.

    January 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Mike - Phoenix, AZ

    This is pretty weak on CNN's part...

    This has been resolved for YEARS.

    January 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Chris

    You dig this garbage up yet fail to report on all of the "mistakes" made in New Hampshire and Iowa. CNN is starting to resemble FOX. MSM as well as our Industrial War Machine must really fear Mr. Paul and the good he could do for our country.

    January 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Bill

    He already apologized for the comments years ago.


    January 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Ken, Suitland MD

    Oh no! The wing-nuts who'd like to hide from their Bush votes by supporting the fake "I'm for change" candidate R. Paul, really have to run for cover now. The secret's out....most of the wing-nut elite are racists.

    What made you kooky supporters think Paul's kooky past wasn't going to come out? You and your candidate are no different that the Bushies; you hide your head in the sand, and everything that goes wrong for you is blamed on the media/dems/hollywood/europe/trial lawyers.......anybody but you, right? This from the party of personal responsibility! You are pathetic.

    January 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    The animals are coming? What's racist about that? If you rob and steal and cause mayhem in society, your an uncivilized animals that should be euthanized or kept in a zoo. A majority of inner city violence is perpetrated by black males, that's a fact. It is your duty as a citizen in a supposed free country to protect your life, liberty, and prosperity. These far left and right whackos that preach anti-gun propaganda are all either scared of a free country, or openly support a police state, authoritarian government like Israel. I personally assume my responsibility as a private citizen to protect my property, I don't need a security camera in my living room linked to a local police department, just in case something bad happens. Why do you think the black communities have so much violence? They take care of their own problems and they don't like cops. I can't blame them. If this piece isn't a distorted hunk of zionist propaganda crap I don't know what is. The New World Order always keeps us down this way. It's not black and white, it's haves and have nots. We are being overrun by a corporate surveillance apparatus, that is jackbooting it's way into popular culture and is already considered a social norm through media conditioning. S.W.A.T. teams dressed in all black with ski mask and machine guns at sports events and political rallies is not normal and it's not American. If your a cop reading this: Quit your job, become an EMT or a firefighter you are doing your country a disservice because of who and what your protecting.

    January 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. George

    All you have to do is read this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul and you will know Ron Paul is an impressive, kind, and honest man. He was always involved as a congressman, but that sloppy newsletter happened while he was out of office. He was in his own private practice at the time and clearly not looking out for his political career. The difference between Paul and the rest of them is that he CAN do something else as a career, he doesn't need to be a politician and leech off US citizens.

    January 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Mike

    Anybody who believes Ron Paul actually wrote this does not know who Ron Paul is. He is a libertarian, and thus believes that the individual takes precedence over the collective, and as Ron Paul has explained, racism and sexism are forms of collectivism, which imply that people have rights because they belong to specific groups. If you want proof, look no further than his voting record from his 10 terms in congress, where he has maintained the exact same message of freedom and liberty for the individual. These articles are completely off base and out of character. Ron Paul did not write those articles.

    January 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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