Seth Rogen has been on a roll lately. Recently he told a story about snubbing Paul Ryan when the GOP House Speaker begged for a photo, and he did it right in front of Ryan’s kids. The NRA, never an organization to pass on attacking at celebrity they deem “left-wing,” piled on Rogen, but that’s not keeping ol’ Seth from doing God’s work on Twitter. Today he laid the smackdown on conservative former Rep. Ron Paul for tweeting out a disgusting and racist political cartoon.
Today, Ron Paul, the retired Libertarian icon and father of Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul, Tweeted (and deleted) this doctored racist political cartoon from his personal Twitter account:
The cartoon was a doctored version of another right-wing political cartoon and depicts racist caricatures of an Asian, a Latino, an African-American, and a Jewish man all punching Uncle Same in the chin. The message accompanying the vile image reads, “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?” and links to a Facebook post insisting “Marxists” are out to “destroy” American culture.
Ron Paul became the darling of the Libertarian and anti-War factions of both the GOP and some liberals for his intense opposition to the Iraq War. He also picked up support from the members who would eventually go on to join the alt-right. Some of Paul’s “out there” policies, like abolishing the Federal Reserve gained currency among anti-Semites who attack Jews for “controlling the economy.”
Seth Rogen fired back at the former Texas Representative on Twitter to demand an answer to why he tweeted the blatantly bigoted cartoon:
“Hey @RonPaul, are you sure you don’t wanna stick with the original image you posted with your tweet?” Rogen asked, using the hashtag “civility” in reference to the right-wing’s newfound fascination with making the left adhere to the rules of civil political discourse they’ve abandoned or outright trashed.
Journalist Jamie Kirchick tweeted out his faux-surprise at Paul’s most recent foray into racism, along with links to his work about Paul’s history of racism:
I am shocked, shocked, that Ron Paul would tweet something remotely racist and anti-Semitichttps://t.co/oobTwWTvAchttps://t.co/ET7zF0ENOFhttps://t.co/BqkDVaIQ2Uhttps://t.co/wNaKnVhTuD pic.twitter.com/RAisJPIt0A
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) July 2, 2018
Kirchick investigated Paul’s history of publishing virulently racist newsletters under his name from the 1970s through the 1990s. The newsletters contained starkly racist statements such as “opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions,” and “if you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”
Kirchick explained Paul’s history of racist newsletters,
“They were published under a banner containing Paul’s name, and the articles (except for one special edition of a newsletter that contained the byline of another writer) seem designed to create the impression that they were written by him–and reflected his views. What they reveal are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays. In short, they suggest that Ron Paul is not the plain-speaking antiwar activist his supporters believe they are backing–but rather a member in good standing of some of the oldest and ugliest traditions in American politics.”
Meanwhile the backlash on Twitter intensified:
Paul deleted the tweet and replaced it with one that just had an “anti-political correctness” image:
He then tweeted a tepid apology blaming a mysterious “staff member” for “inadvertently” tweeting the offensive cartoon but announced no further action:
This is a familiar dodge for Paul. When he was confronted with his history of putting out racist newsletters, he claimed someone else had authored those as well, and absolved himself of any responsibility. It’s just a weird coincidence that people keep publishing racist, anti-Semitic material under his name! Happens to all of us, right??
Also, for all the ravings about “left-wing political correctness” ruining people’s careers and lives, it’s worth pointing out that Paul never suffered any ill consequences for his history of disgusting racism. In 2012, Kirchick expressed his disappointment that the revelation of Paul’s history of dabbling in racist conspiracy theories didn’t do more to derail his political career. In 2016, Republicans nominated the number one birther in the country as their presidential nominee. These kinds of racist and conspiratorial rantings have quickly moved from the fringes of the GOP fever swamp right to the mainstream, and then, the White House.