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Anti-Immigrant Hate Site Announces Pat Buchanan Think Tank To Host Leading White Nationalist

By David Holthouse on June 9, 2009 - 1:56 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalism

MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan added to his decades-long history of racist activism by inviting a prominent white nationalist to speak at the upcoming national conference of Buchanan’s immigrant-bashing organization The American Cause (TAC), the white nationalist hate website Vdare.com announced earlier this week.

According to a bulletin on its homepage, Vdare.com owner Peter Brimelow is now scheduled to speak at The American’s Cause’s  “Building A New Majority Conference” in McLean, Va., on June 20.

The conference plans to ponder the question, “Has the culture, economy, and demographics of our country passed a tipping point where Conservatives can no longer rule with a mandate?”

Although Brimelow’s name does not appear on The American Cause’s website, the keynote speaker for the conference is not identified, and Brimelow was a panelist at a symposium hosted by TAC last January.

Other speakers scheduled to appear at the upcoming conference, according to TAC’s website, include Hazleton, Pa., Mayor Lou Barletta, who has worked closely with the legal arm of the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform to enact anti-immigrant policies in a region suffering from escalating racial tensions and where a Latino immigrant was beaten to death last summer; and former Congressman Tom Tancredo, a longtime nativist firebrand who earlier this year argued in a speech at American University that Latinos and Muslims represent “problem cultures,” and that immigrants who fail to “become American” by adopting “white Anglo-Saxon culture” are a destructive force in America.

Conspicuously absent from the speaker list for the June conference is TAC Executive Director Marcus Epstein, a frequent speaker at the group’s events. Epstein may be keeping a lower profile this time around because he’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 8 for drunkenly calling an African-American passerby a “nigger” at a major intersection in Washington, D.C., before attempting to strike her with a karate chop.

Despite the hate crime assault conviction, it seems unlikely Buchanan will distance himself from Epstein. On June 7, Buchanan’s sister, Angela “Bay” Buchanan, defended Epstein on Vdare.com from what she termed an “Internet lynching” (Bay Buchanan, who has been a CNN commentator, helps her brother run TAC and another anti-immigrant outfit, Team America PAC, which also employs Epstein).

“I am telling his story because Marcus Epstein deserves to have his good name returned to him,” Bay Buchanan wrote.

According to her post, Epstein committed the assault after a night of heavy drinking in the midst of serious bouts of depression in 2007. She wrote that after he was released from jail, Epstein attempted to commit suicide by alcohol poisoning and was hospitalized for a week. Buchanan said he was allowed to keep his job at TAC because he sought professional help and is now sober.

“Marcus Epstein is one of the bravest young people I have ever known,” she wrote.

Epstein is himself a frequent Vdare.com contributor who has attended and hosted events featuring prominent white nationalists. “Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable,” Epstein wrote in one VDARE.com essay. “Most Americans don’t mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture.”

That sort of rhetoric marches in lockstep with Pat Buchanan’s oft-expressed white nationalist ideology.

Buchanan’s history of bigoted statements, dating back to his days in the Nixon administration, was detailed in a comprehensive June 8 Media Matters for America post. In the 1970s, Buchanan warned Nixon not to “fritter away his present high support in the nation for an ill-advised governmental effort to forcibly integrate races.” In 1989, he defended Bob Jones University’s ban on interracial dating. And in 1990 he lamented the end of apartheid in South Africa.

And he’s still at it. Media Matters notes that Pat Buchanan appeared on the June 29, 2008, and September 14, 2006, editions of “The Political Cesspool,” a white nationalist radio show whose “Statement of Principles” asserts that it “represent[s] a philosophy that is pro-White.” Buchanan’s appearance on the show last June was streamed live on Stormfront.org, a major white nationalist online forum popular with neo-Nazis, skinheads and other hard-core racists. Buchanan’s recent books have been filled with citations of white nationalists’ works and advance racist arguments about Latino immigrants, such as that they enter the U.S. to invade it (more on Buchanan’s recent racism can be found here and here).

Buchanan’s latest rants have focused on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who he claims believes “discrimination against white males is O.K.”

Buchanan’s long and extensive racist track record caused Media Matters Senior Fellow Jamison Foser to pose the question, “What would Pat Buchanan have to say to get himself fired from MSNBC?” “Oddly, the more time goes by, and the further removed America is from the time when sentiments like those regularly expressed by Buchanan were widely accepted, the media increasingly give him a pass,” was Foser’s conclusion.

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  • Bill

    Pat Buchanan is mostly German? Oh, great. All we German Americans have making sense in the media are Kieth Olbermann and Ed Schultz! The last thing we need is some other hateful crackpot who keeps who keeps giving us collectively a bad name, since Hitler!

  • ian

    Buchanan was starting to sound reasonable during the Bush years when he was ranting against the Iraq war but even at that his arguments were tinged with racism.

  • Frank

    “Isn’t Pat of Irish decent?” — Kate De Braose

    How quickly Pat forgot the signs in American taverns, restaurants, & stores: “No Dog or Irish Allowed”……” — Carter

    >>>Although he has Irish or Gaelic sounding first and last names he’s descended from many lands like so many Americans. He is Catholic but you’d have go up high in his family tree to find an Irish-Catholic (as opposed to what’s usually thought of as a different ethnicity in ‘Scots-Irish’ who are also usually Protestant.)

    It’s interesting to me that while Buchanan now self-identifies as Scots-Irish by descent he’s more of German ancestry than anything else. He though primarily seems to think of himself as a Southerner and that’s how I think of him.

    Here’s a genealogy of Buchanan:
    http://www.wargs.com/political/buchanan.html

    I believe the reason Buchanan doesn’t talk much of his German ancestry is because he knows the media wants to believe he’s Irish in order. to further marginalize Irish-Catholics in America by proxy thru Buchanan (among others). I go into this theory further in the comment section of the the Media Matters article referenced in the above article:
    http://mediamatters.org/columns/200906080008

  • Kate De Braose

    Often it seems that Buchanan doesn’t believe his own rhetoric. He includes a mischievous smile with a lot of his more incendiary or insulting comments, so I always thought it was more of an attention-getting routine for him. He’s a bit like the standard comedians, who are brought in to liven up boring game shows, than a political commentator..

  • Barackie Richards

    It puzzles me as to why MSNBC still employes Buchanan. I cannot believe such a cable channel would have such a man with such bigoted views representing them! Buchannan is representing the wrong news network. He needs to be on Faux News.

    By the way, we are all immigrants. Unless Buchanan is a Native American Indian, hes an immigrant as well! Isn’t Pat of Irish decent?

  • irv

    I would respectfully like to ask the SPLC to fix whatever problem they’re having with the comments section here, because there are lines almost obliterated here and there and it isn’t often clear what a poster is saying.

    I’m guessing this depression we’re in has SPLC like a lot of us tightening our belts, and the money just isn’t there for computer repairs.

    I would just like to suggest that they ask contributors to this forum for donations that will go towards repair. I will happily donate what I can.

    How about it SPLC? Can you issue a call for funds?

    This economic situation is only going to get worse, and all those who rely on donations will be hurting even worse with each passing month all the way through 2015, so the time to act is RIGHT NOW.

    I hope this isn’t taken the wrong way. I’d just like to help.

  • Carter

    How quickly Pat forgot the signs in American taverns, restaurants, & stores: “No Dog or Irish Allowed”……
    No disappointment is not the right word. He thinks that the reaction immigration is a recent phenomenon; a 21st Century issue.
    How narrow some perspectives are when the finger is not pointing at them.

  • Carter

    If anyone who contributes to this blog is 50yrs of age or older they MAY believe like I do that Buchanan was a serious disappointment.
    NO, disappointment is actually the wrong word. When he was a speech writer for Nixon Most people on the Right Center, or Left had little idea this guys was so damn bigoted. And perhaps he wasn’t back then.
    When he was a commentator for various TV talk shows some of what he contributed appeared to be Rightist material but after a time he started to get a bit overboard until his agenda became (IMO) almost pathological.
    Here was a great example of the commentary of “illegal immigration as a legal issue” to “immigrants as a whole as villains”……Continuous Welfare as problematic to self-sufficiency to “Welfare Mothers” (code words)…… and on and on.

    I don’t know what happened to Pat; he sure didn’t “wake up”. He appeared to dwell in a nightmare of blaming mysterious “others” until his perspective became synonymous with a white-collar bigot.

    As time goes on it seems more people become drawn to the fringes of political thought. The Hubert Humphrey Democrats would appear quite conservative today. The Barry Goldwater conservatives would seem very Libertarian (especially in regards to what Goldwater said about Gays & privacy rights).
    I have a feeling that many people may find the centrist agenda of Obama displeasing but in the light of those falling off the cliff of the political spectrum; he may be doing just what is needed.