An Internet video painting Jon Huntsman as a Chairman Mao-style Manchurian Candidate, first believed to have been made by Ron Paul supporters, was actually created by members of the official Jon Huntsman campaign in an effort to smear the Texas congressman.
The homemade ad calls into question Republican candidate Jon Huntsman’s connection with China, and even includes smears against his adopted Asian daughters. It was uploaded to YouTube by a user named NHLiberty4Paul and quickly went viral, with more than 300,000 views.
Media outlets later picked up on the video, and Huntsman himself denounced it as “stupid,” according to Boston.com.
As the video has racist and xenophobic overtones, it quickly establishes a guilt-by-association mark against the conservative-libertarian, who has had to fight off accusations of racism brought about by newsletters written 20 years ago under his name that contained offensive remarks about African-Americans and other minorities.
Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton denounced the web ad as “disgusting” and demanded it be taken down. It is still up on YouTube.
Speculation on who really made the ad started on Monday. “One of the first sources to locate and discuss the video was Huntsman’s official website, jon2012.com, which web analytics link back to the video before any major social media sites picked up on the clip,” reports RT.com.
RT also reported that CanDo.com, a company commission by Paul to investigate the clip, has concluded that “based on the evidence above and the coincidental timing of the release and subsequent events, it seems likely that a party close to the Huntsman campaign posted and distributed this video impersonating a Ron Paul supporter in order to cast Ron Paul and his campaign in a negative light.”
Now, solid evidence has been found proving the Huntsman campaign, which is trying to beat Paul for a second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary, actually created the video to draw sympathy for their candidate and further the “racist” link to Ron Paul.
The shocking proof comes from an exposed thread about the video on Huntsman’s page on the social networking site Orinje.com. Screen captures of the conversation show Hunstman supporters bragging to one another for causing a media storm with their video. “This is a surprise it went viral,” writes Hunstaman2012. “And the good news is Paul is getting blamed for it.”
Others openly take credit for making it. “I helped make the video,” brags Dave. “I almost fell off my chair when I saw it on Fox.”
Tying Huntsman directly to the video’s creation, Dave writes, “I even got a call from the big man thanking me personally.”
Having realized their private conversation was actually being made public, Huntsman2012 later writes, “Sorry guys, I didn’t relize [sic] I was in the open forum. Can the huntsman team here move this to the insiders forum…. ASAP.”
The Huntsman campaign has not commented on the proof so far.