The American Free Press, which markets books like The Invention of the Jewish People and March of the Titans: A History of the White Race is urging its subscribers to send copies of Ron Paul’s collected speeches to voters in New Hampshire.
Don Black, director of the white nationalist Website Stormfront, said that his members were volunteering for Mr. Paul’s presidential campaign, and a site forum titled “Why is Ron Paul such a favorite here?” has more than twenty pages of comments. “I understand he wins many fans because his monetary policy would hurt Jews,” read one.
Far-right groups like the Militia of Montana say they are rooting for Mr. Paul as a stalwart against government tyranny.
Mr. Paul’s surge in polls is creating excitement within a part of his political base that has been behind him for decades.
The white supremacists, survivalists, and anti-Zionists who have rallied behind his candidacy have not exactly been welcomed, but they certainly have not been refused. “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. However, he added, “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say.”
The libertarian movement has two distinct strains. One, backed by wealthy interests, is focused on economic freedom and dedicated to reducing taxes and regulation. The other is more focused on personal liberty and constraints on government built into the Constitution, which has helped fuel militant antigovernment sentiment.
Mr. Paul has operated at the nexus of the two, espousing positions at odds with the Republican Party but assembling a following attracted by his libertarian principles.
Mr. Paul’s calls for the end of the Federal Reserve, a cessation of aid to Israel, and a diminishment of government power have natural appeal among far-right groups.
Mr. Paul and his allies either wittingly or unwittingly court disaffected white voters with extreme views as they seek to forge a movement from the nether region of American politics, where the far right and the far left converge.
In May, Mr. Paul reiterated that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation. He said that he supported its intent, but that parts of it violated his belief that government should not dictate how property owners behave. He has been featured in videos of the John Birch Society, which campaigned against the Civil Rights Act.
In the mid-1990s, between his stints as a Texas congressman, Mr. Paul produced a newsletter called The Ron Paul Survival Report, which only months before the Oklahoma City bombings encouraged militias to seek out and expel federal agents.
Another newsletter he produced, The Ron Paul Political Report, concluded that the need for citizens to arm themselves was only natural, given carjackings by “urban youth who play whites like pianos.” The report said: “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self-defense. For the animals are coming.”
Via The New York Times.