Controversies

A series of political and investment-focused publications bearing his name (Dr. Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, The Ron Paul Investment Letter, and The Ron Paul Political Report) were produced by Paul and his associates for more than 20 years, starting in 1978.

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Several of the newsletters included racist content that caused controversy when Paul returned to Congress and ran for president, especially during the years 1988–1994, while he was not in Congress.

Race wars, conspiracy theories, and anti-government militia movements were among the subjects discussed. Some claimed that Paul’s 1996 congressional campaign and his 2008 and 2012 presidential contests had sections that were racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic.

Paul acknowledged that he wrote the newsletters and even defended some of their content in a 1996 interview, but he made it clear that he was against racism. Paul acknowledged in March 2001 that he did not write the commentary, but he did not go as far as to dispute authorship in 1996, saying that he had to accept the content that was published under his name and that his campaign aides had felt it would be too confusing.

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Six libertarian activists, some of whom were still close to Paul, identified Lew Rockwell as the newsletters’ principal ghostwriter. Rockwell disclaimed any liability for the material. Paul “took moral responsibility because they appeared under his name and slipped through under his watch,” according to Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokeswoman, in 2011.

In a column published on his website on March 16, 2020, Ron Paul chastised the public, media, and government for their approaches to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic.

The “chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health,” he said, dismissing claims of a death rate higher than the flu as “a claim without any scientific basis.” Paul claimed that Fauci was “serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic.

” He said, “People ought to consider the possibility that this coronavirus ‘pandemic’ is a major deception. That does not imply that the illness is safe. People will undoubtedly die from coronavirus. People who fall under certain categories should take