Here is the eleventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Jack Hunter, aka The Southern Avenger, because of years of racist rants and ongoing service to one of America’s most deceptive racists.
The “Southern Avenger” may sound like a comic book character, but he is no superhero fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
In fact, the man who calls himself the Southern Avenger is Jack Hunter, a close aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and for years a pro-secessionist, mask-wearing radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, The Washington Free Beacon reported today.
Hunter co-wrote Paul’s 2011 book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, and joined the Kentucky Republican’s Senate staff in 2012 as social media director.
But from 1999 to 2012, the 39-year-old writer was a South Carolina radio shock jock who “weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,” according to the Free Beacon, a conservative online publication of the Center for American Freedom.
The publication quoted from a commentary Hunter wrote in 2004, saying that he thought Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth’s heart was “in the right place” and adding that he raises “a personal toast every May 10 to celebrate John Wilkes Booth’s birthday.”
Hunter apparently didn’t wear his heart just on his sleeve. He wore it on his face. During his radio days, Hunter often pulled on a mask resembling a Confederate flag at public appearances, giving him the look of a third tier professional wrestler, the guy who always gets body-slammed and then thrown out of the ring.
It’s unclear whether Hunter wears his mask while writing. Whatever his method, though, he has been prolific. He has produced dozens of articles and video commentaries for the conservative online Daily Caller and appeared as what one Fox Business host termed a “regular” guest on that network, according to Media Matters For America.
In addition, Media Matters reported that Hunter also helped former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, now president of the Heritage Foundation, write his most recent book… [emphasis added]
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He’s a racist, a guest authority on the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, serves Rabid Rand, and writes for both him and Jim DeMint. There can be no doubt that he is, in fact, a Republican. Chris Hayes covered the story well.
It should come as no surprise that Paul, Idiot, son of Idiot, named after Idiot would employ such as Hunter. Of course, such despicable racism runs in the family. Rachel Maddow demonstrated how the story is a family affair and extended it to the Republican Party in general.
Son of Idiot learned how to hate well at the knee of his rabid father, but he has learned to be more polished at evading it, and if that doesn’t work, lying about it.
As outrageous as it is that Hunter should be employed as a key staffer for a US Senator, it is even sadder that views, such as his, represent today’s Republican Party so well. If you are a Republican, you may not be a racist, but if you are a racist, you are almost certainly a Republican.