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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ron Paul Says He Didn't Create Offensive "China Jon" YouTube Video

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

GOP presidential hopeful has done some crazy shit in his past, as we've noted here before, but his campaign claims he never released this offensive YouTube video about ex-Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman, showing him dressed as the Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Paul's campaign filed a lawsuit in San Francisco last week, claiming the "malicious" video, which was posted on YouTube by "NHLiberty4Paul," is a case of "dirty politics."

According to the claim, the video questions Huntsman's allegiance to the

United States, referring to the former Republican presidential candidate as "China Jon."

The video is accompanied with traditional Chinese

music, and begins by displaying the text: "Jon Huntsman-

American Values?/The Manchurian Candidate - What's He Hiding?,"

 "The term 'Manchurian

Candidate' is particularly offensive since it is derived from the title

of a book and movie depicting an American captured by the Chinese who,

after being brainwashed, returns to the United States as an agent of the

KGB," the complaint states.

It also shows Hunstman, a former ambassador to China, speaking Mandarin to one of his adopted daughters, and follows it by asking whether he is "weak on China?"

The video ends with a fictitious depiction of Huntsman in a Mao Zedong uniform with the text: "American Values and Liberty. Vote Ron Paul" which implies, the Texas Congressman either made, or endorsed, the video and its content, according to the lawsuit.

The identities of the creators of this video are still unknown, but that's not stopping Paul from suing John Does 1 through 10.

"This is a classic case of dirty politics resulting from the unlawful use in commerce of an underhanded and deceptive advertisement designed to tarnish [Paul's] reputation ... and to hinder efforts to raise funds for and promote Dr. Ron Paul's candidacy for the President of the United States," his lawyers argued.

In other words, Paul isn't that paranoid.

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