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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Politics

Report: Paul Approved Racist Newsletters

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January 27, 2012

Despite recent comments to the contrary, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul approved newsletters containing racist language sent by a company he owned in the 1990s, The Washington Post reported, citing "three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses."

One of his former associates said Paul and his colleagues decided in the late 1980s to make the newsletters, which were titled with names like the Ron Paul Survival Report, more controversial to increase sales, according to The Post.

“It was playing on a growing racial tension, economic tension, fear of government,’’ an unnamed source told the Post. “I’m not saying Ron believed this stuff. It was good copy. Ron Paul is a shrewd businessman.’’

 

A campaign spokesman, Jesse Benton, told The Post that Paul was not aware of the content going into the newsletters. Paul “abhors it, rejects it and has taken responsibility for it as he should have better policed the work being done under his masthead,” Benton said.

The newsletters alleged that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "seduced underage girls and boys" and suggested that the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended because it was time for "blacks to pick up their welfare checks," according to The Post.

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