(picture from Citizens Against Hate)Ron Paul and Stormfront founder Don Black
A great deal of discussion, debate, and fact checking is occurring regarding whether or not Ron Paul has been supporting -- directly or indirectly -- the work of white supremacists. What evidence we do have is sketchy at present. Whether we can trust various posts by extremists remain to be empirically proven.
At a minimum, we need to consider Edgar Steele's strenuous support for Ron Paul on YouTube. But there is some more absurd news because white supremacists might be coalescing around Paul. In a surprising post on a racist Internet Vanguard News Network (VNN) forum, prominent neo-nazi "leader" Bill White of Roanoke, VA "claims" that racists from various organizations such as Stormfront and Council for Conservative Citizens had lunch meetings with congressman and rethuglican presidential hopeful Ron Paul. White also claims that he was invited by Ron Paul's staff for policy discussions which would form the basis for Paul's presidential bid. It is possible that White's posts may be more of an effort to sabotage Paul than support him. Whether the claims of Paul being a supremacist or nationalist are completely true or fabricated are yet to be definitively established.
However these ideas have been considered true by Eye on Hate and Citizens Against Hate. If this is true, then it validates what several groups have been saying for a long time: that Ron Paul is a racist and these roots run deep. The Rightie Freeper brigade is freaking out about this one (Free Republic is following much of these discussions, which provides some interesting reading). Included below is one of the postings by Bill White on the racist VNN forum:
I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a while, because I didn't see any need to say anything that would cause any trouble. However, reading the latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul's extensive involvement in white nationalism.
Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens.
I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.
For his spokesman to call white racialism a "small ideology" and claim white activists are "wasting their money" trying to influence Paul is ridiculous. Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position.
I don't know that it is necessarily good for Paul to "expose" this. However, he really is someone with extensive ties to white nationalism and for him to deny that in the belief he will be more respectable by denying it is outrageous -- and I hate seeing people in the press who denounce racialism merely because they think it is not fashionable.
Bill White, Commander
American National Socialist Workers Party