Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) was recently a guest on CNN where he discussed the current state of the presidential campaign, paying particular attention to the frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Sadly, the interview began with questions about the recent Trump controversy connecting the candidate with David Duke and the KKK.
Ron Paul: Well, it’s pretty amazing, and a campaign has a lot of involvement. It’s interesting the media is able to create the issue the Ku Klux Klan. I don’t even know if there’s even 100 people in the country that even know about it.
Of course it has to be condemned, but why are people able to bring this up? No politician would want it to be brought up. So it has to be a plant by the media to instigate it and try to make accusations. To me —
CNN: You don’t blame Donald Trump? You blame the media?
Ron Paul: Of course. Let’s blame him, and let’s blame the media for trapping him. The whole thing is, is why did it come up? Here, we can blame Donald Trump. I blame him for everything else, so blame him, but how did this become the issue of the day?
The first question you asked on Super Tuesday is about the Ku Klux Klan. This is unbelievable to me. This has been condemned, and they’ve been marginalized. Nobody cares about them. They’re evil monsters and yet now it’s going to be the issue of the day.
That, to me, should be the issue — Is how in the world do these things occur? Why aren’t we talking about the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve, the deficits and all the intrusions of our liberties which are never touched. The protectionism going on and presented as socialism versus national populism. Those are the issues. Today it’s the Ku Klux Klan.
When the interview shifted and he was asked why he could not endorse Donald Trump for the presidency, Paul explained that, in his perspective, there wasn’t much difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s authoritarian approaches.
Ron Paul: “My biggest beef is, from a libertarian viewpoint, there is absolutely no difference, meaningful difference, between Hillary and Trump. They both support the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve, deficits, entitlements, invasion of our privacy. And it’s super nationalistic populism versus socialism. That is so removed from what we need to be doing. We need to remove ourselves from tyranny.
From a libertarian viewpoint of limited government there is nothing they are offering that reduces the size and scope of the intrusion of government. Who offers any cuts in spending? Who offers protection of our liberty? Some of the top candidates want to carpet-bomb the world.”