Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot
UPDATED: February 27, 2012
In his role as a political commentator for the mainstream media, former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan has increasingly advanced an anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant ideology. Many of the views he holds are identical to those of self-declared "white nationalists." Buchanan repeatedly demonizes Jews and minorities and openly affiliates with white supremacists. Among his frequent claims is that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control and Mexican incursion, a belief which he disseminates on mainstream cable and network television and in his prolific writings. Buchanan has released a book nearly every two years, many of which take the view that non-white immigrants destroy Western culture.
In February 2012, MSNBC dropped Buchanan as a commentator after 10 years with the network. The parting of ways between Buchanan and MSNBC occurred four months after the network suspended him following the publication of his most recent controversial book, Suicide of a Superpower.
In Suicide of a Superpower, released in October 2011, Buchanan laments that the United States is becoming an increasingly diverse country, that minorities will soon outnumber white Americans and that the country "is disintegrating, ethnically, culturally, morally, politically." Buchanan is particularly concerned with the increase in the Hispanic population in the United States, which he equates with the demise of America's white European heritage.
In October 2011, Buchanan appeared on The Political Cesspool, a radio show run by white supremacist James Edwards to discuss his new book. On the show, Buchanan claimed that when whites become a minority in the United States, they will face havoc and turmoil that Californians are allegedly experiencing now due to the growing Hispanic and minority population in that state.
In addition to his book, Buchanan's columns from 2010 and 2011 paint a picture of an America where whites have lost their privilege and will suffer due to "a multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual stew of a nation that has never before existed, or survived."
In earlier years, Buchanan voiced similar ideas. In 2009, he exploited the H1N1 outbreak, which he referred to as the "Mexican swine flu," to demonize undocumented immigrants as disease carriers. He suggested that the very survival of the nation is in jeopardy with the rising presence of "Hispanics" in the United States, an argument he made on national television.
That same year, Buchanan's American Cause group co-funded a reception by Youth for Western Civilization, an anti-immigrant, student group whose leadership has ties to racists. He also used American Cause to convene a panel of speakers at the National Press Club which featured racist and anti-immigrant figures. In addition, Buchanan predicted, on national television, that President Obama will appoint "a minority, a woman and/or a Hispanic" rather than someone who has "real stature [and] impresses people," to fill an impending vacant Supreme Court seat. In July 2009, after President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Buchanan referred to her on a national news show as an "affirmative action candidate," and claimed that Sotomayor was "a tremendous advocate of racial and ethnic preferences."
Buchanan's ideological leanings are not new—ADL has previously reported on his hateful views and statements: in 2004, about his book entitled Where the Right Went Wrong; in 1993, with a report exposing his "unrelenting defense" of accused Nazi war criminals and in 1991, with a report entitled, "Anger on the Right: Pat Buchanan's Venomous Crusade."
Buchanan, however, has been given license by some in the mainstream media to escalate his hateful campaign. He has recently intensified his anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and racist rhetoric, and his activities demonstrate an increasing embrace of extremist causes. In fact, Buchanan's Online forum was home to several statements promoting Holocaust denial before it was taken down due to media exposure. The growing anti-Semitism and bigotry behind Buchanan's mainstream façade is cause for renewed concern.