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September 12, 2013 1

Ron Paul Glibly Ignores Anti-Semitism

For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ron Paul spoke yes­ter­day at a con­fer­ence hosted by the Fatima Cen­ter, a rad­i­cal tra­di­tion­al­ist Catholic orga­ni­za­tion that espouses anti-Semitic views.  The con­fer­ence took place in Ontario, Canada.ron-paul

The head of the Fatima Cen­ter, Father Nicholas Gruner, has pro­moted con­spir­acy the­o­ries about the Jews plot­ting to over­throw Chris­t­ian civ­i­liza­tion and cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment under Jew­ish con­trol. In addi­tion, the Fatima Cen­ter web­site con­tains anti-Jewish rhetoric. Father Gruner also recently denied the Holo­caust in an August inter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con and attended a Holo­caust denial con­fer­ence in 2006.

Ron Paul has a his­tory of brush­ing aside the anti-Semitism of sup­port­ers and peo­ple with whom he asso­ciates.  In an inter­view on MSNBC on Sep­tem­ber 5, Paul lashed out at the show’s host, Alex Wag­ner, when she raised the issue of the Fatima Center’s anti-Semitism.

Paul claimed that the Fatima Cen­ter was a con­ser­v­a­tive Catholic group that wants peace. He argued that the group was just inter­ested in hear­ing about his for­eign pol­icy and his take on the econ­omy. He then accused Wag­ner of bash­ing Catholics and of try­ing to destroy his character.

Like­wise, when con­fronted with the fact that he was receiv­ing sup­port from numer­ous anti-Semites dur­ing his 2012 pres­i­den­tial run, Paul did not dis­avow their sup­port. In an arti­cle in The New York Times in Decem­ber 2011, he stated, “If they want to endorse me, they’re endors­ing what I do or say—it has noth­ing to do with [my] endors­ing what they say.”

In his 2008 pres­i­den­tial run, Paul chose not to reject a dona­tion from racist and anti-Semite Don Black, who runs Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum.

Paul also did not take respon­si­bil­ity for the racist and anti-Semitic state­ments pub­lished in his newslet­ters in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite the fact that the newslet­ters were pub­lished under his name, Paul claimed that he had never read them.

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