Rand Paul Aide Reportedly Spent Years As Pro-Secessionist Shock Jock
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 9, 2013
The man who co-wrote Sen. Rand Pauls 2011 book and currently serves as an aide to the Kentucky Republican reportedly spent years in the 1990s and 2000s as a pro-secessionist activist and radio shock jock.
According to conservative news site The Washington Free Beacon, Jack Hunter, who currently serves as the senators new media director, spent his part of his 20s as a member of the League of the South, a group which advocates the secession and subsequent independence of the Southern States from this forced union and the formation of a Southern republic. In 1999, Hunter was listed as chairman of the groups Charleston, S.C., chapter.
While the League of the South maintains that it is not racist, Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research at the Anti-Defamation League, told the Free Beacon that the League of the South is an implicitly racist group.
When I was part of it, they were very explicit thats not what they were about, Hunter told the Free Beacon.I was a young person, it was a fairly radical group - the same way a person on the left might be attracted in college to some left-wing radical groups.
But Hunters troubling past doesnt end there. In the early 2000s, Hunter, now 39, began contributing anonymous political commentary to the South Carolina radio station 96 Wave, under the moniker the Southern Avenger. According to the Free Beacon, as the Southern Avenger, Hunter would wear a mask printed with a Confederate flag to public appearances.
According to transcripts of monologues reviewed by the Free Beacon, Hunters commentaries in the 2000s included assertions that Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booths heart was in the right place, that white people are subject to a racial double standard, and that a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America for reasons that are as numerous as they are obvious - whether we are supposed to mention them or not.
At other times, Hunter equated the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and said that [w]hether for Israel or oil, or both, a permanent U.S. foothold in the Middle East has been the primary neoconservative goal since day one and certainly since long before 9/11.
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