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Do Ron Paul Supporters Really Think a Racist Ad Helps Their Candidate? | The Nation

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Katie Halper

Katie Halper

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Do Ron Paul Supporters Really Think a Racist Ad Helps Their Candidate?

It's not like Ron Paul doesn't have a problematic track record when it comes to race. He opposes the Civil Rights Act and is trying to distance himself (though half-heartedly) from hateful and vitriolic racist language spewed in his newsletters. So, I can't imagine why Paul's supporters would think a racist  ad, which goes after Jon Huntsman for adopting daughters from China and India, would help their candidate. Are they really that out of touch? Or really that racist? Or maybe they're equal opportunity advocates, diversity zealots, tired of racism against black people and working for a more inclusive bigotry that embraces Asian people. To its credit, the ad achieves a sophisticated, vintage flavor, complete with Chinese flute music, rarely found outside 1980's movies, such as Sixteen Candles

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