A 16-year former aide to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Eric Dondero, released a statement on Monday that paints a pretty ugly picture of the Libertarian firebrand and cult leader.
Dondero, according to the Daily Caller, served closely with Paul from 1987 through 2003, beginning as his travel aide and personal assistant when he ran for president on the Libertarian ticket, and ending as a senior aide in Congress from 1997 through 2003.
Most clear-eyed people don’t need a former staffer to tell us that Ron Paul is anti-Israel. He made that pretty clear himself during the debates. Still, what he says is interesting and instructive. Paul is an ideologue and a kook. If he were president, he’d get us all killed, as the guy hasn’t a clue about the true nature of America’s enemies, especially radical Islam.
Daily Caller has the story. The first part is about how Paul was a conspiracy theorist guy on 9/11, and how his entire staff threatened to quit if he didn’t vote for the war in Afghanistan, something he vehemently opposed. Here’s the part that talks about his attitude towards Israel.
Daily Caller – […] Dondero, who is Jewish, also addressed allegations that Paul is an anti-Semite, racist and homophobe.
Paul, is “absolutely” not an anti-Semite, he continued, but he is “most certainly anti-Israel and anti-Israeli in general,” wishes that “the state of Israel did not exist at all,” and “supports [the Palestinians] calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”
“There was another incident when Ron finally agreed to a meeting with Houston Jewish Young Republicans at the Freeport office,” Dondero added. “He berated them, and even shouted at one point, over their un-flinching support for Israel. So, much so, that the 6 of them walked out of the office. I was left chasing them down the hallway apologizing for my boss.”
[…] “If Ron Paul should be slammed for anything,” the statement concluded, “it’s not some silly remarks he’s made in the past in his newsletters. It’s over his simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States. His near ‘No’ vote on Afghanistan.”