Texas congressman and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul voted against having MLK day. In fact, he's voted against it for many years. In one of Paul's now infamous newsletters, he blames President Ronald Reagan for approving the day in the first place and calls it "Hate Whitey Day". Was Paul's vote out of hatred or for another reason?
The Root quotes Paul's newsletter as saying "Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."
The story comes on the heels of claims that Paul sent out many newsletters that were racist and bigoted. One such newsletter contained the comment "The criminals who terrorize our cities -in riots & on every non-riot day- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are." In December, Paul told CNN he did not write the newsletters and that they were written by between six or eight people who worked for his staff.
Ron Paul supporters suggest Paul voted against MLK day because he felt it was un-Constitutional to have taxpayer money pay for national holidays. EURWeb suggests that Ron Paul was just trying to help the recovery from his racist newsletters scandal when he claimed King was his hero this weekend during the New Hampshire Primary.
Paul finished second behind winner Mitt Romney in the New Hampshire GOP Primary. Paul is a staunch supporter of the Constitution and rarely, if ever, sways from that place. Hopefully, in the coming days, Paul or his camp will attempt to explain his actions.