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Extremism  
Patrick Buchanan: Unrepentant Bigot

Mainstream Presence


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

In spite of the increasingly abundant evidence of Buchanan's extremist views and affiliations, mainstream news programs continue to feature him as a legitimate conservative commentator. The Web site of The McLaughlin Group, a mainstream political commentary program on network television, describes Buchanan as "a regular member for much of the program's history." He frequently appears on the show to debate American politics alongside other mainstream commentators. Buchanan also appears, with regularity, as a guest commentator on news programs syndicated throughout the United States. Buchanan does not tone down his rhetoric in front of the camera, however. He makes anti-Semitic, sexist, racist, and anti-immigrant statements in front of a national audience.



Denigrating women and minorities

In April 2011, on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews Buchanan asserted that President Obama "is affirmative action all the way" and claimed that Obama was not qualified to get into top schools and only made major achievements because he benefited from affirmative action.

In July 2009, after President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Buchanan referred to her on an MSNBC national news show as an "affirmative action candidate," and claimed that Sotomayor was "a tremendous advocate of racial and ethnic preferences."

In May 2009, Buchanan went on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss Supreme Court Justice David Souter's announced resignation from the Supreme Court and President Obama's pending appointment of a justice to assume the vacant seat. Buchanan explained that Obama should appoint someone "who has real stature, impresses people." He went on to argue that rather than appointing "someone who is really conspicuously highly qualified," Obama will "go for a minority, a woman and/or a Hispanic because... he sees that as their turn."

Buchanan's comments about women and minorities are not new. In a July 2007 episode of The McLaughlin Group, Buchanan alleged that "the rise of women to power in a civilization is very often the mark of its decline."

“The rise of women to power in a civilization is very often the mark of its decline.”
Buchanan on a July 2007 episode of The McLaughlin Group

During an October 2007 appearance on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Buchanan suggested that black male residents from the "south side" of Chicago are categorically unintelligent by describing Barack Obama as "not what you would expect from a black guy from the south side of Chicago. He's something... you'd expect in a Harvard seminar for undergraduates or something."

Anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant comments

During his appearance on MSNBC in March 2009, Buchanan suggested that with the rising presence of "Hispanics" in the United States, the very survival of the nation is in question. He argued, "Mexico is the greatest foreign-policy crisis I think America faces in the next 20-30 years... We're going to have 135 million Hispanics living in the United States by 2050, heavily concentrated in the Southwest. The question is whether we're going to survive as a country."

“We're going to have 135 million Hispanics living in the United States by 2050, heavily concentrated in the Southwest. The question is whether we're going to survive as a country.”
During an appearance on MSNBC in March 2009

In a November 2007 appearance on FOX News's Hannity and Colmes, Buchanan argued "You've got a wholesale invasion, the greatest invasion in human history, coming across your southern border, changing the composition and character of your country." He used his mainstream exposure on the show to promote the existence of "La Reconquista," the conspiracy theory that Mexicans are conspiring to forcibly annex the Southwestern United States. Buchanan stated, "I do believe we're going to lose the American Southwest... I think it is almost inevitable. If we do not put a fence on that border... you're going to have 100 million Hispanics in the country, most of them new immigrants from Mexico that [sic] believes that belongs to them."

“We have a massive invasion of this country…Thank the Lord for the good folks of the Minutemen.”
Praising a border vigilante movement on MSNBC in April 2007

In April 2007, MSNBC invited Buchanan to give commentary about the anti-immigrant Minutemen as an "MSNBC Analyst." He stated on camera, "The Minutemen are American citizens, and I think they're American heroes... We have a massive invasion of this country... Thank the Lord for the good folks of the Minutemen." Buchanan's Web site featured a video clip of this statement under the heading "VIDEO: Pat Buchanan: Minutemen Are American Heroes."

“If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, 13 members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from 2 percent of the population.”
On a February 2007 episode of The McLaughlin Group

Expressing his anti-Semitic views on a February 2, 2007, episode of The McLaughlin Group, Buchanan explained, "If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, 13 members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from 2 percent of the population."

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