That’s sarcasm, just FYI.
Jon Huntsman decided to skip the Iowa campaigning and head staright for New Hampshire, so he knew that his performance in the Iowa Caucus wouldn’t be great.
However, Ron Paul decided to use Twitter to taunt Huntsman, posting this last night:
How very Presidential of you, Mr. Paul.
Political website Politico writes:
Though Paul has not engaged Jon Huntsman directly so far, the former Utah governor has been hitting Paul in New Hampshire in recent days — and when the GOP race shifts to New Hampshire later this week, the two candidates will be competing for some of the same voters in the Granite State.
The tweet was deleted shortly after it posted. I’ve emailed Paul spokesman Jesse Benton for comment.
UPDATE: Paul spokesman Gary Howard tells POLITICO’s Juana Summers in Iowa that the tweet was mistakenly deleted and has been reposted:
“I think someone mistakenly deleted it. I think our IT guy didn’t know it was being tweeted when he saw it, thought someone hacked it. But it wasn’t a hacked tweet. It was our tweet. We said what we wanted to say “
UPDATE: Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller emails to respond:
We find it odd that Congressman Paul would attack Gov. Huntsman in such a childish fashion. Just the latest in a long line of odd statements from him.
This morning on CNN’s new AM morning show “Starting Point,” Soledad O’Brien asked Ron Paul about the Tweet, and he acted as though he was confused and blew off the question as if it were absolutely ridiculous. O’Brien asked if that was the manner in which a Presidential candidate should be acting, and Paul blew her off and asked her why the topic was even relevant.
Well, Mr. Paul, this is why it is a bit relevant:
It makes us think back to the 1980′s and 1990′s, when newsletters published in your name contained some very questionable remarks. Among some of the statements in the newsletters?
- Paul’s publication stated: “I think we can assume that 95 percent of the black men in that city [Washington] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was referred to as a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours.” He also said MLK “seduced underage girls and boys” and “replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”
- He poked fun at black activists for demonstrating at the Statue of Liberty in favor of renaming New York City after Martin Luther King. He suggested that NYC instead be renamed “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” or “Lazyopolis.” And he stated, “Next time, hold that demonstration at a food stamp bureau or a crack house.”
- He wrote: “Jury verdicts, basketball games, and even music are enough to set off black rage, it seems,”
- He referred to Martin Luther King, Jr. day as “annual Hate Whitey Day.”
- On the topic of homosexuality he wrote: “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”
- The Paul publications criticized homosexuals, stating that gays infected with AIDS “enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.”
(If you want to read more, visit TNR or NPR)
Years back, Paul claimed he was the editor and took ownership of all the comments in his newsletters. Now, however, he says that he doesn’t know who wrote them, he claims he does not hold any of those beliefs, and he argues that the whole scandal is irrelevant.
So this means one of two things:
A. Ron Paul, though seemingly popular and influential, is a man of questionable character. OR B. Ron Paul is apparently unable to act as an effective leader, as he can’t control what his employees publish under his name.
People may like some of the things he stands for (smaller government, etc.), but are they need to look back into his past and decide whether or not his comments are something that they want their future President to be linked to. Plus, there is the issue of his extreme foreign policy (among other things), but I won’t get into that…
If you absolutely insist that Paul did not write/think/believe these things that were published in his newletters, then that means he had no control over the people working for him. If he cannot lead a couple dozen people (or even one PR person, if he truly did not Tweet Huntsman himself), then he surely cannot lead the free world.
So, Ron Paul, you’ve had a good run. But I think the more you seem to open your mouth, the more you seem to make the American public question you. Let’s tone down the cocky rhetoric, stop offending people, and make this GOP race a little less of a circus.