Bay Buchanan Speaks Out Against the ‘Lynching’ of Marcus Epstein

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Friday, June 05, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Bay Buchanan, whom I interviewed this week about troubled anti-immigration activist Marcus Epstein, has published a fuller account of his problems and a broadside against the — wait for it — “lynching” that ensued.

The stories about Marcus were for the most part inaccurate and incomplete.  Yet, the left wing bloggers ran with this little factoid because the assailant worked for organizations associated with Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo. What happened next was a modern day lynching by a faceless, angry, ignorant mob who reveled in the collective assault on their victim.

Speaking just for myself, as someone who knew Epstein socially, for three years, I think Buchanan gets at the point, then whiffs.

Yes, bloggers ran with this because Epstein worked with Pat Buchanan and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) — two men who were making their way across the airwaves and the pages of popular news sites arguing that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a “racist.” They did all of this knowing that they employed a troubled employee who not only had pled guilty to a racially charged assault, but who had a years-long record of white nationalist writing and associations.

I usually despise the “what if X has said this” framing of a controversy (which Bay Buchanan used to call Sotomayor a “bigot”), but consider — how would Buchanan and Tancredo react if, to pick an example totally at random, a Latina judge employed a top-level assistant who had written thousands of words for a Hispanic nationalist site, and who had pled guility to hitting a white woman and calling her a “cracker”? Would they stay mum or worry, publicly, about the possible “lynching” of this employee? Or would they, you know, call this judge a racist?

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17 Comments

Raven Rant
Comment posted June 5, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

I'm sure that if Bay Buchanan was physically attacked by an intoxicated young black man shouting ethnic slurs against whites, she would have the same tender concern for his mental and emotional problems… uh, no, wait, she'd be screaming for his blood.

In addition to his problems with substance abuse and depression, this young man is clearly racist. He seems to to be making progress with his depression and addiction to alcohol, but his addiction to seeing blacks and hispanics as his inferiors obviously continues unabated, judging by his political activities and associates. (I'm looking at you, Bay!)

A black man who attacked a white woman in similar circumstances would be doing hard time right now, not being given 'executive directorships' in prominent political organizations.

Interesting that the actual victim, the woman who was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack, is beneath Bay's notice. I wonder how the victim's mental health is doing these days – anxious and depressed, perhaps, that a punk could beat her for no reason, and walk around free as a bird?

And let me point out the utterly sickening moral rot that allows the use of the term 'lynching' in these circumstances.


A. Fuchs
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 5:36 am

What if? We already know what if. We hear it every day in the screams of racist hypocrisy from these right wing freakshow types. Everyone else is a “racist” for calling them out on their racism. Bay Buchanan, if she had an ounce of credibility left, has lost it. Tom Tancredo never had any credibility to begin with, and is obviously an idiot (who doesn't “believe in evolution!!!”). Marcus Epstein is a cowardly little twerp who hits women and is obviously boiling with self-hatred. Somehow, these righty freaks think he should be excused for having a mental illness or addiction problems?

I suppose they'd like that excuse applied to all of them. Because you'd have to be nuts or drunk or both to be quite so hypocritical and ignorant.

Marcus, you're now outed as a depressive alcoholic as well as a racist and a criminal and a wimp (who else attacks a woman on the street? Come after me, Marcus — all 6 ft. 2 and 220 pounds of me — and let's see how you do). Your career is ruined. The “friends” you thought would shelter you from reality have damned you with their faint praise and will soon have to cut you off completely and distance themselves to save their own reputations from further destruction. UVa won't have you, and at this point neither will any other law school worth the cost of admission.

When you point your finger cuz your plans fell through, remember you've got three more fingers pointing back at you.


Columbo
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 5:44 am

David, quick question, please. From Buchanan's “Human Events” article:

“One Sunday early in 2007 Marcus called and asked if he could come to my home to talk. He was afraid of what he might do if he were alone another minute…After exhausting himself emotionally he went to one of my spare bedrooms to sleep. He stayed several months and left only when he felt he was strong enough to be on his own again.”

When you interviewed her, did Buchanan mention that Epstein had lived with her for several months?


Pug
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 5:50 am

Lynching?

Jeez, these folks like Bay Buchanan are just clueless.


Inquiring Mind
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 5:52 am

Buchanan's description of events makes no sense. If she really thought her employee was suicidal, as she implies, why wouldn't she call his family and have them take care of him? Instead, she says she took him into her home for months. What employer would assume such a liability risk? In addition, she says Epstein has a profound speech impediment, and yet she hired him to run a lobbying organization, which is nothing but phone work and public speaking. And now she writes this impassioned and illogical defense.

Is there more to this relationship than meets the eye?


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24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 11:18 am

Good to see that Weigel has his SPLC talking points in order and his Soros[TM]-brand shock collar firmly attached.

However, vdare isn't a white nationalist site.

Even I – someone who's posted literally thousands of posts about imm. matters since 2002 – would tend to be understanding if this case were reversed, involving a Hispanic who had mental problems and who'd been drinking.

Meanwhile, when the group that SS was a member for six years was completely sober, they gave an award to someone who years before had proposed genocide. The person who had proposed genocide had not, AFAIK, been drinking and has said many other interesting things since then.

The bottom line here is that Weigel is just a hack for a Soros- and Rockefeller-funded pseudo-paper.


commie atheist
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 11:48 am

Even I – someone who's posted literally thousands of posts about imm. matters since 2002 – would tend to be understanding if this case were reversed, involving a Hispanic who had mental problems and who'd been drinking.

I call bullshit.


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

Good for you, and thanks for making blog commenters everywhere look good.

Say, what IP address did you use when you spent enough time reviewing my site to make your wise determination? I'd like to look through my logs just to verify your travels.

Wait, what's that you say?


babyming
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

If Buchanan and Tancredo were better people, they would simply apologize for hiring Epstein in the first place. I'd expect “leaders” such as this in some third-world country, not the United States.


Nicholas Stix
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

Dear Mr. Weigel,

You attacked Pat Buchanan for employing someone with “a years-long record of white nationalist writing and associations,” but the “evidence” you offered to back up your charge is a link to an article Epstein wrote, defending Buchanan. So, you're damning Buchanan for employing someone who defended him? Were you trying to be cute, and make a joke? Do you have a circularity problem? Didn't you think anyone would hit the link? Or did you figure your comrades here would variously be logically and/or morally challenged, and cut you some slack, out of loyalty?

BTW, if your claims about Epstein are true, how could anyone employ you, given your long record of “white nationalist associations”?


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The Anti-Marcus Epstein
Comment posted June 7, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

Mr Stix, assaulting a black woman and calling her nigger is hardly tantamount to a mere article Epstein wrote. Of course, if you are the same Nicholas Stix that once equated Martin Luther King, Jr. to a “silver-tounged serpent”, I can understand why you would want to make this about something else


Nicholas Stix
Comment posted June 7, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

Dear Anti-Marcusian,

Apparently, I’ve never referred to MLK—or anyone else, for that matter—as a “silver-tounged serpent,” [sic] or as a “silver-tongued serpent.” At least, that’s what Google says. (With about 1.5 million words in print, I couldn’t recall, for certain.) But I like the phrase, and just may use it, in the future (without your misspelling, of course).

However, the important point for the moment is that you piped a quote, in order to misrepresent me. And then you misrepresented me yet again—and David Weigel, in the bargain—projecting onto me your own diversion technique!

“…I can understand why you would want to make this about something else.”

You’re just a wealth of misinformation.


Dexter Morgan
Comment posted June 8, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

In addition, she says Epstein has a profound speech impediment, and yet she hired him to run a lobbying organization, which is nothing but phone work and public speaking.

Apparently, Epstein's “speech impediment” is Tourette's Syndrome, which is why he runs around calling African Americans “nigger.” The poor soul can't control himself.


Dexter Morgan
Comment posted June 8, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

In addition, she says Epstein has a profound speech impediment, and yet she hired him to run a lobbying organization, which is nothing but phone work and public speaking.

Apparently, Epstein's “speech impediment” is Tourette's Syndrome, which is why he runs around calling African Americans “nigger.” The poor soul can't control himself.


GuyBertram
Comment posted July 6, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

Are we going to get an update Before or After Marcus's July 8 courtdate? Thanks!


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