Buchanan redux . . .

Quoted from:

FAIR Report:
February 26, 1996

“In the flap over Larry Pratt and other unsavory characters associated with the Patrick Buchanan campaign, journalists typically framed the question: Is Buchanan linked to extremists and bigots?  But there is a more basic question journalists should ask: Is Patrick Buchanan himself an extremist and bigot?”

Here’s a taste of what’s contained in the report: 

White House advisor Buchanan urged President Nixon in an April 1969 memo not to visit “the Widow King” on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, warning that a visit would “outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue and perhaps worse…. Others consider him the Devil incarnate. Dr. King is one of the most divisive men in contemporary history.” (New York Daily News, 10/1/90).

On race relations in the late 1940s and early 1950s: “There were no politics to polarize us then, to magnify every slight. The ‘negroes’ of Washington had their public schools, restaurants, bars, movie houses, playgrounds and churches; and we had ours.” (Right from the Beginning, Buchanan’s 1988 autobiography, p. 131).

Trying to justify apartheid in South Africa, he denounced the notion that “white rule of a black majority is inherently wrong.  Where did we get that idea?  The Founding Fathers did not believe this” (syndicated column, 2/7/90). He referred admiringly to the apartheid regime as the “Boer Republic”: “Why are Americans collaborating in a U.N. conspiracy to ruin her with sanctions?” (syndicated column, 9/17/89).

Writing of “group fantasies of martyrdom,” Buchanan challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka: “Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.” (New Republic, 10/22/90) Buchanan’s columns have run in the Liberty Lobby’s Spotlight, the German-American National PAC newsletter and other publications that claim Nazi death camps are a Zionist concoction.

In his September 1993 speech to the Christian Coalition, Buchanan declared: “Our culture is superior.  Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.” (ADL Report, 1994).

Read the full report (and see Pat Buchanan’s musings on Black people, Jews, Anti-Semitism, Homosexuals, and Immigrants) at: http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/buchanan.html


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