Ron Paul: Black lawmakers oppose war because they want the money for food stamps

Former GOP congressman derides anti-war allies

Published February 24, 2015 8:07PM (EST)

Ron Paul                     (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)
Ron Paul (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Former Texas congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has long been one of the most vociferous opponents of interventionism in American foreign policy, but the libertarian-leaning conservative has some harsh -- i.e., racist -- words for some of his allies in that fight.

In an interview earlier this month with Lew Rockwell -- flagged today by BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Apper -- Paul asserted that members of the Congressional Black Caucus oppose military intervention abroad because they'd rather spend funds on food stamps than war.

“I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not — they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here,” Paul told Rockwell.

Paul proceeded to criticize Black Caucus members as ineffective advocates against war, arguing that too many of them voted for sanctions against U.S. adversaries, which Paul said "never get the results that they thought there were going to get.”

Listen to Paul's remarks below:

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