Ron Paul takes flak over ‘racist’ cartoon on social media, says it was staffer mistake
Former Congressman Ron Paul is under fire after a Facebook post and a tweet about cultural Marxism contained a racist caricature, which was also wrongly attributed to cartoonist Ben Garrison.
A libertarian who retired from Congress in 2013, Paul currently runs the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a nonprofit in Texas. A post on his Facebook page on Monday blamed “cultural Marxism” for the current fractured state of culture and political discourse in the US. It was illustrated with a cartoon of Uncle Sam being punched out by a red Communist fist - wielded by four racist stereotypes and signed with Garrison’s name.
The cartoon also appeared in a tweet linking to the post. Within minutes, it was replaced by a sign with “Political Correctness” crossed out.
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/bqyiekaSkXpic.twitter.com/9bm5EA17tk— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) July 2, 2018
why did you delete your first draft? pic.twitter.com/K6rm5UMUM3— jack wagner (@jackdwagner) July 2, 2018
“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,” Paul tweeted on Monday afternoon.
It did little to mollify his critics, however, who insisted Paul was racist and cited the 2011 accusations about his decades-old newsletter as proof. Those accusations surfaced amid Paul’s presidential candidacy, which threatened the Republican establishment lining up behind Mitt Romney.
Six months prior, someone on the messaging board 4chan had altered a cartoon drawn by Ben Garrison, a Montana-based cartoonist with libertarian political leanings, to make it look anti-Semitic.
“There’s an entity or unknown cretin out there changing my cartoons – adding in offensive Jewish stereotypes – and then spreading them throughout the internet. While leaving MY name on them,”Garrison wrote in May 2011, challenging the fraud.
On Monday, he tweeted to note that the cartoon on Paul’s original post was not his, either.
That is totally NOT a Ben Garrison cartoon - This is a cartoon by someone else who trolls have pasted my signature on. Please always check https://t.co/Oj98iIxEAZ for REAL Ben Garrison Cartoons verification.— Ben Garrison Cartoons at GrrrGraphics.com (@GrrrGraphics) July 2, 2018
A writer with David Brock’s Media Matters confirmed it: The forgery seems to be based on a 2008 cartoon by the Brazilian artist Carlos Latuff. It still shows Uncle Sam being punched out by a Communist fist. The characters in the multiracial lineup are drawn approvingly, however.
Had the former congressman’s staffer used Latuff’s original, odds are the post would have still been called racist, however. According to a number of self-described socialists and progressives, the very concept of “Cultural Marxism” is a racist, anti-Semitic dog whistle.
1st time I remember seeing term "cultural marxism" was yrs ago reading abt Anders Breivik, the white supremacist who murdered 77 in Norway. His manifesto railed against "cultural marxism."Now I mostly hear "cultural marxism" via Jordan Peterson & the alt-right. & now, Ron Paul pic.twitter.com/jhvObQAkEm— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) July 2, 2018
hey everyone this is just a reminder that "cultural Marxism" doesn't exist, it's a dogwhistle expression for people who actually mean "no one besides straight white cis Christian men deserve any kind of civil or human rights"— libertarianism in 4 words: pothead who is racist (@inthesedeserts) July 2, 2018
The left: Cultural Marxism is a term made up by white supremacists to describe any attempt by marginalized peoples and classes to seize power for themselvesThe right: Liars!The right, also: pic.twitter.com/zkWGTH0Gnj— Metro Atlanta DSA 🌹 (@MetroATLDSA) July 2, 2018
Do you still not understand that blaming "Cultural Marxism" is actually an anti-Semitic tactic? It has been pointed out to you by hundreds of people today and you're going to claim the problem was just the cartoon?— Maxwell Katz (@maxkatz515) July 2, 2018
Shockingly, phrases like “cultural Marxism” and “Alinskyite tactics” were always just pseudo-intellectual disguises for Jew-baiting and racism. Who knew! https://t.co/7TkOSQ8LSY— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) July 2, 2018
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