Rand Paul’s Neo-Confederate Co-Author Praised Lincoln’s Assassin

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The only really surprising thing about this story is that it was broken by wingnut website The Washington Free Beacon: Rand Paul Staffer Has History of Neo-Confederate Sympathies.

Ron and Rand Paul: two branches of the same poisoned tree, allies to neo-Confederates, racists and white supremacists.

A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, raising questions about whether Paul will be able to transcend the same fringe-figure associations that dogged his father’s political career.

Paul hired Jack Hunter, 39, to help write his book The Tea Party Goes to Washington during his 2010 Senate run. Hunter joined Paul’s office as his social media director in August 2012.

From 1999 to 2012, Hunter was a South Carolina radio shock jock known as the “Southern Avenger.” He has weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

During public appearances, Hunter often wore a mask on which was printed a Confederate flag.

Prior to his radio career, while in his 20s, Hunter was a chairman in the League of the South, which “advocates the secession and subsequent independence of the Southern States from this forced union and the formation of a Southern republic.”

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Jack Hunter has also been a frequent contributor to The Daily Caller and a regular guest on Fox News.

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