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Former representative Ron Paul is being criticized online for sharing, then deleting, a racist and anti-Semitic picture in a tweet where he was lamenting the rise of “cultural Marxism.”
In a Facebook post that was linked to the tweet, Paul said Marxists were trying to “destroy the culture” of capitalist countries and were going to use that “opportunity to change the government and economies to the Socialist utopia.”
“How do you think they’re doing? Had enough yet? Then don’t be afraid to stand up for truth, and speak it!” Paul wrote. “Otherwise, history can most definitely repeat itself. And the history of Socialism is as nasty and brutish as it gets. Nothing compares to it in terms of human suffering.”
While no one would bat an eye to Paul, who ran for president in 2008 and 2012, hemming and hawing over socialism, a picture that the former representative first used to illustrate “cultural Marxism” was swiftly criticized for being racist and anti-Semitice .
The photo originally accompanying the tweet showed Uncle Sam being punched with a red first with the hammer and sickle on it. The hand belong two four racist caricatures: of a Jewish man, a Black man, and others.
jesus fucking christ man pic.twitter.com/eaLMve87Ex— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) July 2, 2018
The Jewish caricature is known as the “happy merchant,” the Hill points out, and is used in anti-Semitic forums online.
Paul, the father of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), deleted the photo and replaced it with a picture of the words “political correctness” with a “no” sign across it.
The former representative’s tweet was denounced online.
Recap for those following at home. Over the past few weeks:— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) July 2, 2018
Ron Paul tweeted out a racist and anti-Semitic cartoon abt 'cultural marxism'
Dinesh D'Souza (guy pardoned by Trump) retweets the hashtag #BurnTheJews
And congressman Steve King retweets neo-Nazi, won't apologize https://t.co/aAnvY7uJaU
Ron Paul’s gonna Ron Paul (and by that, I mean, ‘be insanely racist.’)https://t.co/6zQZ5izKIB— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) July 2, 2018
holy shit ron paul posted le happy merchant cartoons, the man knows his base pic.twitter.com/p3LwvPvVJn— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) July 2, 2018
Who could’ve possibly guessed Ron Paul was racist outside of anyone who’s read anything about Ron Paul pic.twitter.com/Bt4nnlzKyp— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 2, 2018
can't imagine why a bunch of the Ron Paul fanboys went from libertarian to white supremacist https://t.co/xVR0lKRtIY— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) July 2, 2018
Ron Paul, who published hundreds of racist newsletters in the 80s calling black men “animals” and referred to Martin Luther King Day as “hate whitey day,” just tweeted (then deleted) this shockingly racist and antisemitic political cartoon https://t.co/RFkBMjlkGg— Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) July 2, 2018
Of course, it shouldn’t be shocking that a racist cartoon would be tweeted by Paul. He was also criticized during his presidential campaigns for newsletters that were riddled with racially-charged language he wrote in the 1990s, according to the Washington Post.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).