Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has had a rough first day running for President.
Only a few hours after being duped into retweeting an image of Aurora theatre shooter James Holmes, Team Rand faced ridicule on social media for providing supporters with a custom avatar, “JEW for Rand.”
The image was one of many provided by Paul’s new website, but it rubbed many online the wrong way and gave way to a flood of jokes and complaints.
The episode came a few months after Paul caught flak for saying that “American Jewry” would likely turn Republican, after the senator met with GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Other avatars offered by Rand’s campaign website: “Christian,” “Catholic,” “Italian-American,” “Fisherman,” and “Runner.”
There was no “Muslim for Rand” avatar available.
Later on Tuesday, the site updated the image to say, “JEWISH for Rand,” instead:
Dear Rand: I think we would prefer “Jewish American”… pic.twitter.com/hdYb5h9dMW
— Holly Shulman (@HollyShulman) April 7, 2015
Is this real?? https://t.co/WiTEQnVi2k
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 7, 2015
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) April 7, 2015
I changed my twitter profile picture to Jew for Rand and now I can’t change it back AMA
— Nicky Woolf (@NickyWoolf) April 7, 2015
— Matt Viser (@mviser) April 7, 2015
HYPHY for Rand
— Big Sexy Jeb Lund (@Mobute) April 7, 2015
oh man please tell me there’s a “gay for rand” version of this pic.twitter.com/r4QdDaD5xw
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) April 7, 2015
Here is the full gallery of avatars by which one can stand with Rand:
This post has been updated.
- -Hiring More Journalists
- -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
- -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism