Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning American Republican politician who has been described as the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement, has tweeted an antisemitic cartoon before quickly deleting it.
Paul tweeted a cartoon by the far right cartoonist Ben Garrison that depicted racist and antisemitic caricatures all punching a representation of America with a large, red hand which is labelled “cultural Marxism”, itself a term that itself is often used in connection with antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Ron Paul ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Presidential nomination in both 2008 and 2012, though gained a cult-like popular following along the way.
Paul has been accused of racism in the past, after a series of blatantly racist newsletters were published in his name. He denied knowledge of the racist material published in his newsletters under his name, just as he today denied knowledge of this tweet. He was also friends with Murray Rothbard who, despite being Jewish himself, openly associated with KKK leader David Duke, with Rothbard himself making several virulently antisemitic statements.