As the arguably white nationalist Southern Avenger, Hunter praised the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, saying he
Prior to that, Hunter was a prominent neo-Confederate and pro-secession activist, serving as a chairman in the League of the South, which, according to its website,
Many have called the League implicitly racist, but Hunter denied this in an interview with the Free Beacon, and disavowed many of his earlier statements, chalking it up to the naiveté of youth.
And the worst part for Paul-land is that it’s hardly the first time something like this has come up. In late 2009, Rand Paul’s campaign spokesperson was forced to resign after Kentucky blogger Joe Sonka discovered the MySpace page for Chris Hightower’s heavy metal band, which was a fan of KKK gear and wishing people a “HAPPY N***ER DAY!!!” on Martin Luther King Day (that post was accompanied by a photo of a lynching). There was also, of course, Paul’s momentary opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
As Dave Weigel pointed out on Twitter,
It’d be bad for any politician, but Rand Paul has tried to build a brand that sets him apart from the rest of the GOP and to make himself more appealing to non-typical Republican voters, like minorities, so the damage could be especially severe. An interesting side note is the fact that the FreeBeacon, a conservative publication, broke the story. The website has staunchly pro-Israel views and tends to side with the muscular foreign policy wing of the movement, which is often at odds with Paul’s anti-interventionist views.
UPDATE: In September of 2010, Paul’s Democratic opponent called on him to return $1,200 in donations from three “white separatists,” Virginia Abernethy, William Johnson and Carl Ford. Paul refused, with a spokesperson telling the Louisville Courier-Journal: “Dr. Paul condemns hatred and discrimination, and if the white separatists who donated to his campaign think he shares their views they are badly mistaken and would be in for a rude awakening when they see that 20% of his campaign staff is made up of African-Americans.” The state chairman of the League of the South was also involved in a Paul-affiliated organization.