Buchanan Writes for Anti-Semitic Publication

Pat Buchanan has long flirted with anti-Semitism (not to be confused with being critical of Israel), but now he seems to have given up on pretending not to be. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Buchanan wrote an exclusive column for the American Free Press, an anti-semitic, Holocaust-denying publication.

It appears that Pat Buchanan, the former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, has decided to throw in his lot with professional anti-Semites. Buchanan, who once thrilled the 1992 GOP convention with a rousing speech on the culture war, has become since the turn of the millennium increasingly racist in his thinking and writing. Even so, having his work published in a blatantly anti-Semitic publication is a new low.

On April 25, a column penned by Buchanan ran as an exclusive to theAmerican Free Press, a publication put out by Holocaust denier and longtime anti-Semite Willis Carto. Carto founded the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby in offices not far from the White House, created the first Holocaust denial outfit Institute for Historical Review, and still publishes a denial magazine, Barnes Review. In general, the Press carries stories on Zionism, secret “New World Order” conspiracies, American Jews and Israel.

This appears to be the first time Buchanan, who has long played footsie with extremists and authored tracts loved by them, has written directly for them. In the past, Buchanan has cited neo-Nazi William Pierce in one of his books and worked closely with now deceased white nationalist stalwart Sam Francis, who edited State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America and other Buchanan books.

Anyone who is surprised by this hasn’t been paying attention to Buchanan’s career at all.

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  • daved

    I am immediately reminded of a Molly Ivins comment about one of Pat Buchanan’s speeches at a Republican convention: “Pat Buchanan’s speech was not well received. It probably sounded better in the original German.”

  • Larry

    To quote Molly Ivans (rip), it probably sounded better in the original German.

  • daved

    (Wow, Larry was literally one or two seconds behind me.)

  • Larry

    #1 d’oh!

  • John Pieret

    Don’t worry guys … you can’t quote Molly Ivans too much.

  • Hoosier X

    The only surprising thing about this is that Pa Buchanan is still alive.

  • http://www.kingdomoffife.blogspot.com/ kingdomoffife

    Okay, in the link to the Buchanan article, that photo of the S&M guy standing behind the beaten Christ is absolutely batsh!t crazy and wonderful at the same time!

  • caseloweraz

    Yeah — who knew they had uniform caps like that back in Jesus’ time?

  • Chiroptera

    Yeah, decades ago (1990 or there abouts) I was under the impression that Pat Buchanan was supposed to be one of the Great Thinkers of the Conservative Establishment. The first op-ed of his that I read happened to be one where he was trying to rehabilitate Joseph McCarthy. I never had any respect for him since.

  • colnago80

    As I have previously related, a former boss of mine went to high school with ole Pat and reported that he was a notorious drunk even at that relatively tender age. He has also been a heavy drinker for most of his post high school life, only ascending the wagon a few years ago. This article is proof that heavy drinking will eventually degrade cognitive abilities.

  • colnago80

    Re Chiroptera @ #9

    Ann Coulter took over the McCarthy rehabilitation job a few years ago.

  • Artor

    “It appears that Pat Buchanan… has decided to throw in his lot with professional anti-Semites.”

    Is this article a repeat from 1980?

  • Scott Hanley

    Funny how so many right wingers live in fear of being done to even as they would do to others.

  • Hoosier X

    Pat Buchanan was supposed to be one of the Great Thinkers of the Conservative Establishment.

    The first op-ed of his that I read happened to be one where he was trying to rehabilitate Joseph McCarthy.

    Writing dumbass shit is a feature, not a bug, of the Great Conservative Thinkers.

    As a teenager learning about American politics, one of the things that turned me liberal was that conservatives considered George Will an intellectual.

  • moarscienceplz

    Pat Buchanan has long flirted with anti-Semitism (not to be confused with being critical of Israel)

    Unless your name is Jerry Coyne

  • moarscienceplz

    Yeah, decades ago (1990 or there abouts) I was under the impression that Pat Buchanan was supposed to be one of the Great Thinkers of the Conservative Establishment. The first op-ed of his that I read happened to be one where he was trying to rehabilitate Joseph McCarthy. I never had any respect for him since.

    Buchanan is one of the Great Thinkers of the Conservative Establishment. Which tells you all you need to know about the Conservative Establishment.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    This article is proof that heavy drinking will eventually degrade cognitive abilities.

    No it doesn’t — there’s plenty of people just as stupid and bigoted as Buchanan who never got one-tenth as drunk. (Not to mention plenty of much smarter hardcore alcoholics.)

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #17

    No it doesn’t — there’s plenty of people just as stupid and bigoted as Buchanan who never got one-tenth as drunk.

    How does this in any way, shape, form, or regard refute my statement? I never said that only drunks are stupid and bigoted.

    Not to mention plenty of much smarter hardcore alcoholics.

    Well, I suppose that Winston Churchill would be a counter example.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    How does this in any way, shape, form, or regard refute my statement?

    Um…by reminding us that alcohol is not the only possible cause of degraded intellectual ability, therefore you can’t automatically “blame it on the alcohol?”

    Seriously, dude, you need a lesson in logic.

  • colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #19

    Not to keep beating this dead horse but in no way, shape, form, or regard did I mean to imply that heavy drinking was the only cause of bigotry and stupidity. Plenty of teetotalers have been both. In Buchanan’s case, I have no doubt that drinking contributed to his bigotry and stupidity, especially considering how early in his life it began.

  • dingojack

    SLC (#18) – Winnie? Really? Not much of a counter-example there!

    Dingo

  • felidae

    I wish I had a time machine so I could transport Paddy (and Bill O’Reilly too) back to the middle of the 19th century when the Irish were a much despised and discriminated against ethnic minority to find out what being on the receiving end of ethnic discrimination feels like

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack

    In some accounts, ole Winston is reputed to have been a serious drinker. On the other hand, as Lincoln remarked about Grant when the latter’s critics called for him to be fired on the grounds of heavy drinking, “find out what his brand is so I can send a case of it to my other generals”.

  • lorn

    Scratch a wingnut and you find bigotry.The only differences between Part and your average clansman or Skinhead are the relative proportions of components between sexism, racism, ethnic, and religious bigotries.

  • StevoR

    Buchanan Writes for Anti-Semitic Publication

    … I am utterly unsurprised.