Former Texas Representative Ron Paul tweeted a wildly racist image of minority groups uniting to punch Uncle Sam.
The three-time presidential candidate deleted the tweet, but by then Twitter had already immortalized it.
jesus fucking christ man pic.twitter.com/eaLMve87Ex
— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) July 2, 2018
The tweet read: “Are you stunned by what has become of American culture?” Paul said in the tweet. “Well, it’s not an accident. You’ve probably heard of ‘cultural Marxism,’ but do you know what it means?”
The image covered most of the bases as far as horrendous racial tropes go: The African-American man has hugely inflated lips, the Asian man’s eyes are slits while his teeth are exaggerated, and the Jewish man’s nose is elongated and hooked.
Ron Paul later replaced the image of the tweet with an image of “Political Correctness” obscured by a “No” sign. Americans have been quick to remind him that his vigilance against what he perceives to be a society obsessed with political correctness is just what got him into this mess.
Oh he replaced the deleted tweet with the horrific racial stereotypes in the image?
— Jordan ⚧🦇 Trans Bat Lady (She/Her) (@ParchmentScroll) July 2, 2018
Where's you first image, Nazi boy? The one with all the racist images? Chickened out?
— MKupperman (@MKupperman) July 2, 2018
Boasting about not being politically correct is a politically correct way of saying you're an asshole.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) July 2, 2018
Yes, you made pretty clear with your first (now deleted) tweet that it's a dog whistle for your "very fine people".
It would not be inaccurate to call you a Nazi now, seeing that you're arguing like they did in the 30s.
— Euqinomist (@Euqinomist) July 2, 2018
I wonder who called him up and was like, "hey Ron buddy that last tweet was pretty racist and you should probably delete it asap."
— Youtube doesnt deserve its icon (@clowd_cole) July 2, 2018
Paul’s deleted tweet echoes with something far more insidious than can be deleted with the swipe of a finger.