Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock: I’m Not a racist; I Just Played One On The Radio.


“Conservative, libertarian, independent”

Could this be a kook, a racist and a white supremacist calling in the cleaning crew to “white wash” his political image?

via Politico Magazine

In July, the neoconservative website Washington Free Beacon published an article with the headline “Rebel Yell: Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements.” The subject was a peculiar one—a staffer for Sen. Paul (R-Ky.) who had worked as a radio shock jock with the nickname “Southern Avenger” while wearing a Confederate-flag wrestling mask.

The Southern Avenger had said some pretty atrocious things. He toasted John Wilkes Booth’s birthday each year and believed that Lincoln “would have had a romantic relationship with Adolf Hitler if the two met.” He worried about “racial double standards for white people” and that “a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”

That Rand Paul aide was me. I had written and said all of these things. They no longer reflected my beliefs by the time the Beacon article came out—and hadn’t for a long time. Some I had completely forgotten, like the John Wilkes Booth toast. The reporter had retrieved that one from an old long-defunct website.

“He expressed surprise when read his remarks about race, saying, ‘Hearing you even read that to me, because I just don’t speak like that, sort of bothers me,’” the reporter wrote. “He said his views had changed dramatically.”

They had changed. But it didn’t matter. There was no excuse for my comments. In fact, the Jack Hunter of 2013 would have condemned the Southern Avenger of 2003 for making them.

Two weeks after the story broke, I resigned.

For the previous three years, I had worked for Rand Paul and his father, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. I had helped Rand Paul write his 2011 book, The Tea Party Goes to Washington, and had worked to spread what I saw as his broadly appealing message of small government and personal freedom.

It was much more than a job.

I had a front-row seat for the war brewing between the Republican Party’s old guard and a new breed of libertarian conservatives who were causing headaches for the establishment. The Free Beacon article led to dozens of subsequent stories calling me a kook, a racist and a white supremacist. Suddenly, Paul couldn’t give an interview without being asked about me. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately,” Paul told the Huffington Post. I had become a distraction.

Sen. Paul had known that I used to wear a Confederate wrestling mask as part of an old radio shtick, and I still sometimes used the Southern Avenger moniker—it was my Twitter handle and appeared on my Facebook page. But he hadn’t known about the many stupid and offensive things I’d said. By the time I met him in 2010, I had changed my tone and many of my views.

The Free Beacon would eventually obtain a Southern Avenger CD in which I suggested that someone “whip” director Spike Lee, who had trashed Mel Gibson’s 2000 Revolutionary War film The Patriot as “whitewash.”

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  • joe ebbitt

    to some extent you got to believe the guy. After all George Wallace had a wheelchair epiphany(stupiphany). I really believe most these guys (including congress) don’t believe the crap they’re selling ,its any easy way to get out the vote. Not fundraising ,anyone stupid enough to fall for this nonsense are broke /dumb. A prime example is Congressman Broun, “the world is 6000 years old, anyone saying different : a lie straight from Hell ! no one is that much of a shitferbrains, just rile up the dumbasses in his district and he doesn’t have to spend all day fundraising. Now he is running for State office and he will soon find “that dog ain’t gonna hunt”. Not enough ‘tards in Georgia to elect him Senator.

    • Juan

      Never, ever bet against the stupidity of the US public.

    • PrimateZero

      Not enough ‘tards in Georgia? You would think that but…then again… is Georgia.

      • Jonas Planck

        The tards of Georgia are merely more vocal than the suppressed majority of sane people… one does not reveal that one is sane when one lives in a place ruled by madmen. We know what consequences await us should we admit to our sanity. So we wait… we bide our time… for surely these madmen will self-destruct or turn cloak before having to face the results of that madness. We are here to repair the damage, quietly, in secret, so that we are not punished for our sanity.

        • PrimateZero

          I wish you well in your work my fellow thought criminal. I feel thing will change for you soon as a lot of the tards are migrating north to Pennsylvania where they are starting to become my problem.

        • echar

          What if all that time waiting for the madmen to self destruct causes the sane to crack?

    • InfvoCuernos

      They’re political trolls.