Welcome to today’s installment of “Wow My Staffer Sent A Really Racist Tweet, And I Have No Idea How That Could Have Happened!” pic.twitter.com/FqxNAfcVzL— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) July 2, 2018
Republican politician and former Texas congressman Ron Paul found himself needing to do swift damage control after tweeting and deleting a racist political cartoon.
The cartoon depicts “Cultural Marxism” punching Uncle Sam in the face. The singular giant fist in the illustration is shared by four individuals, including a Jewish man; a black man; an Asian man; and a man who appears to be either Latino or Native American. All of them have very exaggerated features derived from stereotypes about each ethnic group.
For example, the black man has exaggerated lips and ape-like features, the Jewish man has a large hook nose and is wearing a yarmulke, the Asian man has extremely slanted eyes and protruding teeth, and the fourth man has a unibrow and resembles a Neanderthal.
“Are you stunned by what has become of American culture?” Paul wrote in the tweet. “Well, it’s not an accident. You’ve probably heard of ‘cultural Marxism,’ but do you know what it means?”
In true Republican fashion, Paul addressed the issue by placing blame on someone else — an unnamed staff member — for the insulting post after facing backlash.
"Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media," Paul tweeted. "I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted."
Despite his lackluster explanation, the damage had already been done. Paul’s Twitter handle had already seen an influx of criticism and rebuke.
Ron - How do you "inadvertently" post a cartoon as racist as this?— Bill Stewart (@BillStewart415) July 2, 2018
Does that staffer still have posting privileges, and if so why?https://t.co/S3jJeEuJgn
I worked on your 1988 campaign, and I'm really appalled.
Really, Ron? pic.twitter.com/RzZEOB9Mz4— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 2, 2018
"Inadvertently"— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) July 2, 2018
Shorter Ron Paul: My STAFF, i.e. people who work for me, posted grossly racist, antisemitic Neo-Nazi hate speech today because we had it available and that's what THEY thought I meant. I took it down and posted a different lie in its place. So we good, right? pic.twitter.com/X8yti2MG37
I take it that "inadvertently" means "Whoops, did I just say that out loud?"— Mary Thomson (@InfraredEyes) July 2, 2018
It must have been the Ambien. /S/— Remember the Children (@NefertitiVerita) July 2, 2018
I thought you were all about personal responsibility. I guess it was all a sham, because that racist tweet coupled with this lame excuse/non-apology helps me see what's really going on here.— Catherine 🌊 🐈🌷🌼🌺 (@CatSkoor) July 2, 2018
Ultimately, his official account = his responsibility.— diana boeglin (@dianaboeglin) July 2, 2018
After deleting the first post, Paul's account tweeted the same message with a different image that simply depicted the words "Political Correctness" with a red circle and line running through it in the form of a "No Smoking" sign.
Are you stunned by what has become of American culture? Well, it's not an accident. You've probably heard of "Cultural Marxism," but do you know what it means? ... More here: https://t.co/bqyiekaSkX pic.twitter.com/9bm5EA17tk— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) July 2, 2018
It should be noted, though, that in his damage control efforts Paul never actually apologized on behalf of himself or the so-called staffer.
Even if he said he was sorry now, it would just seem disingenuous. He likely knew about the post in the first place and saw nothing wrong with it. After all, what better way to illustrate your disdain for political correctness than to post the most politically incorrect image you can find?
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