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Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot

Ties to Anti-Semites, White Supremacists, Conspiracy Theorists, and Anti-Immigrant Figures

UPDATED: December 6, 2011
Ties to Anti-Semites, White Supremacists, Conspiracy Theorists, and Anti-Immigrant Figures
Mainstream Presence
Extremism hiding under a veneer of respectability

Buchanan affiliates with various anti-Semites, white supremacists, anti-immigrant extremists, and conspiracy theorists. He contributes to their publications, cites their work, appears on their radio shows, and his Web site features links to their Web sites. Conversely, extremists praise Buchanan and look to him as a successful purveyor of hateful views in mainstream media and politics.

Funding Anti-Immigrant Group's Inaugural Event and Convening Panel Including Racists

In 2009, Buchanan continued to make its long-established anti-immigrant and racist leanings clear. In June of that year, he hosted a conference to discuss how Republicans could regain a majority in the United States and invited Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist Web site VDare to be one of the speakers. Other speakers included Tom Tancredo, a former Colorado Congressman and Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA), who are both known for advocating anti-immigrant legislation.

When Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), a controversial student-led group staged its inaugural reception in February 2009, Buchanan's right-wing group The American Cause (TAC) co-sponsored the event. YWC, which claims to be "the West's right wing youth movement," has staged other events promoting an anti-immigrant ideology.

Marcus Epstein, who wrote for VDare, initially served as both TAC's executive director and YWC's vice president. (Epstein has kept a low profile since he was charged with assaulting a black woman in Washington, D.C. in 2007. In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to simple assault, apologized to his victim and sent a donation to a charity for black college students.) The group has sponsored lectures by Tom Tancredo, who has repeatedly demonized immigrants and maintained affiliations with the border vigilante Minuteman movement. During a February 2009 lecture at American University that YWC organized, Tancredo suggested that "throughout history, people who are not white Anglo-Saxon have become American by adopting a white Anglo-Saxon culture."

In addition to its affiliations with YWC, Buchanan's group also revealed its racist and anti-immigrant sentiment by sponsoring a January 2009 panel at the National Press Club during which Epstein and Peter Brimelow, were featured. The panel caught the attention of the New York Times, which published an editorial detailing the racism of Buchanan, Epstein, and Brimelow.

A month later, Brimelow demonstrated his racist views. He spoke at a conference of racists in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to "Preserving Western Civilization" and delivered one of the most extreme presentations at the conference. He argued that the influx of "non-traditional" immigration is a problem all over the Western world and that the loss of control over the country by "white Protestants" will mean a collapse of the American political system. He urged that whites respond by creating an explicitly white nationalist political party.

Contributing to and using extremist works

Buchanan contributes to works published by and praising extremists. In 2006, he authored the "Foreword" to Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America's Culture War, a compilation of the works of the late Sam Francis, a white supremacist and frequent speaker at white supremacist American Renaissance conferences. Buchanan praised Francis's character and work and explains that Francis's "great gifts" included having "one of the finest minds of his generation" and a "brave heart to pursue and tell the truth." Following his death in 2005, Buchanan wrote an article dedicated to Francis, whom he called "my brave and generous friend." Buchanan also referenced the work of Francis several times in State of Emergency, his 2006 anti-immigrant book. Buchanan called Francis "one of the finest minds of his generation."

Anti-Semite John Sharpe co-edited and published neo-Conned! Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq, referred to earlier as a collection of views which includes a Buchanan essay. Sharpe, a former naval officer, attended a 2006 conference organized by American Renaissance, a white supremacist publication, and was placed on administrative leave from the Navy due to his leadership of the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic organizations.

In addition to providing material for extremist publications, Buchanan has incorporated the research and writings of extremists into his own articles and books.

In Suicide of a Superpower, Buchanan cites the words of Sam Francis to decry the concepts of equality and multiculturalism. In the book, Buchanan also cites the work of writer John Derbyshire, who had been invited to speak at white supremacist American Renaissance conferences and of Chilton Williamson, who writes a regular column for Middle American News, an ultra-conservative newspaper that often promotes racist views.

In State of Emergency, Buchanan, more than once, cites "The Color of Crime," a 1999 study published by the white supremacist New Century Foundation (NCF), the organization behind American Renaissance. In spite of NCF's history of espousing racist views and hosting conferences that feature white supremacists as speakers, Buchanan has referred to the group as simply 'right-leaning.' Buchanan has also cited some of the findings of the 1999 study in one of his 2007 articles. From the material taken from NCF, Buchanan concluded that "the real repository of racism in America... is to be found not in the white community, but the African-American community."

In Death of the West, Buchanan also discussed NCF and cited research in a book authored by its leader, white supremacist Jared Taylor. Buchanan described Taylor as "a controversial figure in the debate on crime and race."

Praise from extremists

In addition, Buchanan has appeared as a guest on several Internet radio programs hosted by individuals who ascribe to anti-Semitic, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and/or conspiracy-oriented philosophies.

Buchanan has appeared three times on The Political Cesspool, a Tennessee-based Internet and AM radio show hosted by white supremacist James Edwards. In October 2011, Buchanan promoted his book Suicide of a Superpower and 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 June 2008, Buchanan went on the show to promote his book, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World. Edwards commented that Buchanan's publicist initiated and arranged the appearance. During the interview, Buchanan posited that World War II was unnecessary and that the British "blundered... to bring about a war with Germany," a war he claims Hitler did not want. Buchanan also stated, "Had there been no war, there would have been no Holocaust... "

When Edwards mentioned Charles Lindbergh, Buchanan defended the American aviator hero who led America First, a group opposed to U.S. intervention in World War II. Lindbergh claimed that powerful Jews in America were trying to push the United States into war against the Nazis to preserve Jewish interests. Buchanan stated, "Good for you for bringing up Colonel Lindbergh's name because his reputation has been blackened because of a single speech he gave and a couple of paragraphs in it where he said that...the Jewish community is beating the drums for war... but frankly, no one has said what he said was palpably untrue."

Buchanan first appeared on The Political Cesspool show in September 2006 to promote State of Emergency. During his interview, Buchanan explained how "we are being invaded by people of different cultures." He argued that Americans "cannot survive a bifurcated culture or a heavily Hispanicized culture, tilted towards Mexico... I think that's the beginning of the end of the United States."

Edwards regularly invites anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and anti-immigrant leaders to voice their views on his show. He is not only a radio host; he appears and speaks at events hosted by racist groups and has been involved in the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group and is a leader in the American Third Position, a white supremacist political party.

The radio show of the Minuteman Project, an anti-immigrant group whose members engaged in armed, vigilante border patrol, listed Buchanan as its premier guest. Buchanan appeared on the show in September 2006 to promote his anti-immigrant book State of Emergency, released that year.

In August 2006, Buchanan gave an interview on the radio program of Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist. He made a number of anti-immigrant comments and supported the outlawed separate-but-equal doctrine, stating:

I grew up in Washington D.C. It was a segregated city, a southern city, but at the same time, African Americans or black Americans and white Americans, we were marinated in the same culture. We had the same teams, we rooted for, we watched the same TV shows, listened to the same radio, went to the same movies. When we went to schools, the schools may have been segregated, public schools, but we studied the same literature, studied the same language, the same history, the same heroes, the same holidays. We were one people.

Meeting with far-right European politicians

Buchanan has also supported and personally met with those who demonize minorities, specifically Muslims. Two examples are Frank Vanhecke and Filip Dewinter, leaders of the Vlaams Belang, a now-defunct racist and xenophobic far-right Belgian political party. In February 2007, Vanhecke and Dewinter visited Washington, D.C. on a four-day "study tour," and attended a taping of The McLaughlin Group, a mainstream news program which Buchanan co-founded and on which he often appears. Following the taping, Buchanan posed for pictures with Vanhecke and Dewinter and met privately with them.

After the McLaughlin Group taping, the Vlaams Belang leaders gave a lecture in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of The Robert Taft Club, a right-wing group affiliated with The American Cause, an organization Buchanan founded in 1993. In their speech, entitled "Immigration, Multiculturalism, and the End of Free Speech in Europe," Vanhecke and Dewinter argued that the large influx of Muslim immigrants in Flanders and Europe generally represents a danger to Western culture.

Links to extremist Web sites and praise from extremists

As Buchanan touts the work of anti-Semites and anti-immigrant figures, he receives heavy praise from extremists. James Edwards, the host of the Political Cesspool, credits his experience volunteering for the 2000 Buchanan presidential campaign with inspiring him to become politically active. In July 2008, Edwards posted an article entitled "Why I love Pat Buchanan" to his blog, claiming to "love" Buchanan "because he tells it like it is." In concluding a June 2008 interview with Buchanan, Edwards states, "Mr. Buchanan, thank you so much for coming back on our program, for fighting for our people."

Several extremists cite Buchanan's work and post it to their Web sites. VDare contains an "archive" of Buchanan's articles. National Vanguard, a now-defunct neo-Nazi organization, and its successor, European Americans United, have both posted Buchanan's work to their news sites. David Duke, an anti-Semite and former Ku Klux Klan leader, has posted Buchanan's work to his Web site. Additionally, the white supremacists and anti-Semites who frequent the white supremacist Internet forum Stormfront often post Buchanan's articles. The Muslim Observer, a widely circulated weekly that has published conspiratorial, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic articles, included one of Buchanan's pieces in a March 2007 issue. In the piece, Buchanan discussed a possible American attack on Iran and explains that "Israel wants Iran attacked yesterday. The neocons need a new war to make America forget the disaster they wrought in Iraq."

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