The official Twitter account of former Rep. Ron Paul on Monday tweeted and swiftly deleted a cartoon about cultural Marxism that included racist and anti-Semitic imagery.
The cartoon depicted offensive stereotypes pertaining to Jews, blacks, Asians and Hispanics. It showed four men punching an Uncle Sam figure with a speech bubble that read, “Cultural Marxism!”
“Are you stunned by what has become of American culture?” the tweet asked. “Well, it’s not an accident. You’ve probably heard of ‘Cultural Marxism,’ but do you know what it means?… More here:”
The tweet was quickly deleted and another one went up in its place, featuring an image with the words “political correctness” crossed out.
why did you delete your first draft? pic.twitter.com/K6rm5UMUM3— jack wagner (@jackdwagner) July 2, 2018
Amid a wave of backlash over the tweet, the former Republican presidential candidate explained that a staffer had “inadvertently” posted the offensive image.
Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media. I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted.— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) July 2, 2018
Commenters lashed out at Mr. Paul for what they described as an “inadequate” response, demanding that he fire whoever tweeted the cartoon.
According to The Hill, Mr. Paul has faced allegations of racism dating back to the late 1970s, when he published newsletters that contained references to black men as criminals and called Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Hate Whitey Day.”
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