Eric Dondero, a former senior staffer for Texas Congressman Ron Paul, says that while the Congressman is anti-Israel, he does not hold racist or anti-semitic views.
In a post at Right Wing News, Dondero wrote:
Is Ron Paul a “racist.” In short, No. I worked for the man for 12 years, pretty consistently. I never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of his mouth. Not once. And understand, I was his close personal assistant. It’s safe to say that I was with him on the campaign trail more than any other individual, whether it be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska or Boston, Massachusetts in the presidential race, or across the congressional district to San Antonio or Corpus Christi, Texas.
Paul has come under fire recently for racist statements that appeared in newsletters bearing his name and listing him as the editor.
In 1995, he promoted his newsletters, but his story has changed over the years. Now he says he did not even see the articles in the newsletter until they had been published for a decade.
Paul’s supporters, pointing to a statement by a member of the NAACP, says Paul does not hold racist views, but they never answer the questions raised by his frequently-changing story.
Dondero adds that while Paul himself is not anti-semitic, he is vehemently opposed to the existence of Israel:
Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, “Anti-Semite.” No slurs. No derogatory remarks.
He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.
That revelation flies in the face of Paul’s statement in a Newsmax interview conducted earlier in December:
We should be their friend and their trading partner. They are a democracy and we share many values with them. But we should not be their master. We should not dictate where their borders will be nor should we have veto power over their foreign policy.
This is not just about Israel, by the way, this is about how we should conduct ourselves with other countries around the world.
When asked how he would respond to his Jewish critics, Paul said America wants “to rule the world and be the saviors of the world and we are going broke in the process.”
His positions have earned him the support of a number of radical white supremacists and anti-semites, however, the New York Times reported he is not all that comfortable with having their support:
The white supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists who have rallied behind his candidacy have not exactly been warmly welcomed. “I wouldn’t be happy with that,” Mr. Paul said in an interview Friday when asked about getting help from volunteers with anti-Jewish or antiblack views.
But he did not disavow their support. “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say,” said Mr. Paul, who is now running strong in Iowa for the Republican nomination.
A post at realzionistnews.com, for example, says:
RON PAUL NEEDS our support. But beyond supporting Ron Paul a clear ideology must be enunciated. The ideology that I am recommending is to be found in the re-emergence of a “Christian World View.”
A Christian World View will underline a basic tenet: “Jews are under a Deicidal Blood Curse which they called down upon themselves when they cried out before Pontius Pilate, ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him! His blood be upon us and upon our children.’”
We must ask ourselves: “Do we want an accursed people, the Jews, to rule our monetary system?” Of course the answer is a resounding “No!”
Let us then take up the Sword Of The Spirit and spread the word to every man, including the Jews: “Christ is the King of our government. Away with the enemies of Christ, the Jews, who seek to undermine our political life through their ownership of the Federal Reserve Bank!”
And pray that Ron Paul, a defender of the ideals of our once Christian nation, will be protected by the Lord Jesus Christ from the murderous hands of the Jewish International Bankers. And may the Lord have mercy on us with the election of Ron Paul as the next President of the United States.
Many of Paul’s more militant supporters frequently use anti-semitic attacks to rebut any criticism of the Texas Congressman. Disagree with Paul, and one is instantly labeled a “traitor” or an unpatriotic “neo-con” working for some vast Zionist conspiracy.
Dondero says these criticisms miss the mark. He adds:
If Ron Paul should be slammed for anything, it’s not some silly remarks he’s made in the past in his Newsletters. It’s over his simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States. His near No vote on Afghanistan. That is the big scandal. And that is what should be given 100 times more attention from the liberal media, than this Newsletter deal.
Paul’s statements often raise more questions than answers, but Dondero’s lengthy expose is definitely a must-read for GOP voters considering Ron Paul this election cycle.
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