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Ron Paul's Racist, Homophobic Newsletters Gain New Life On Twitter

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With Rep. Ron Paul's rise in the Iowa polls, reporters are once again scrutinizing the congressman's old racist and homophobic newsletters.

At various times over the years, Paul has claimed that the newsletters were the product of ghostwriters and hazy oversight, and that some of the writings on race were based on a study by a criminal justice think tank (that no one has heard of). At other times, he offered a spirited defense of the newsletters. Last week, Paul stormed out of a CNN interview after being questioned about the offensive essays.

Paul is lucky that that the most offensive newsletters were published in the pre-Internet era -- from the '70s through the early '90s -- when newsletters existed as a productive and lucrative way for politicians to share their ideas. While these newsletters have resurfaced on the web as photocopied PDFs, they have yet to go viral like Rick Perry's Strong ad or become a Internet meme like the pepper-spraying cop.

The snark may still come. The newsletters have recently spawned a new Twitter feed -- @RP_Newsletter -- which posts quotes directly from the offensive texts. Here's a sampling:

Ron Paul Newsletter
Washington, with its racist gov't, racist radio, racist ministers, racist universities, and racist attitudes, is the black New Jerusalem.

Ron Paul Newsletter
Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.

Ron Paul Newsletter
Is it any coincidence that the AIDS epidemic developed after they came "out of the closet," & started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?

Ron Paul Newsletter
...I've urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense. For the animals are coming.

Ron Paul Newsletter
Do your very best to keep your family away from inner cities.

Ron Paul Newsletter
3. Boil all [the AIDS patient's] laundry for at least 15 minutes.

Ron Paul Newsletter
8. Do not allow the [AIDS] patient to eat in a restaurant.

Ron Paul Newsletter
Am I glad I voted in Congress against an expensive federal holiday for this man [MLK].

Ron Paul Newsletter
On the holiday honoring MLK, the films shown in the government schools depict whites as evil.

To date, @RP_Newsletter has tweeted more than 1,100 times. And Paul's fans are less than thrilled. One described the page as spam:

Another decried the slant of the tweets:

Ted Metrakas
it's still shitty of you to contribute to idea that ron Paul is racist. It isn't true, and that should matter.

He also defended Paul's "unorthodox beliefs":

Ted Metrakas
oh no!!! A passionate person has unorthodox beliefs!! Let's paint him with the scarlet letter!

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