Eric Dondero was an aide for Rep. Ron Paul from 1997-2003 and a staffer on Paul’s 1988 presidential campaign. I spoke with him on Twitter about his support for Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.

In another post, I explained why Trump doesn’t oppose political correctness.

Dondero wrote in 2011 that Ron Paul is a conspiracy theorist who thought the U.S. should not have fought Hitler in World War II. At Right Wing News, he wrote:

And he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence, (as are a number of Americans, nothing out of the ordinary here.)
Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. … He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations.

There was another incident when Ron finally agreed to a meeting with Houston Jewish Young Republicans at the Freeport office. 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.

In 1988, Ron had a hardcore Libertarian supporter, Jim Peron … Jim was what you would call very openly Gay. … We used Jim’s home/office as a “base.” Ron pulled me aside the first time we went there, and specifically instructed me to find an excuse to excuse him to a local fast food restaurant so that he could use the bathroom.

He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just “blowback,” for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.

Since retiring from elected office, Paul has set up the Ron Paul Institute, which publishes isolationist and conspiratorial screeds, and stocked the board with 9/11 truthers. Last January his “institute” published an article claiming the Charlie Hebdo massacre was a false flag.

Edit note: The first sentence is edited to reflect which presidential campaign of Paul’s Dondero worked for.

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