Pinterest Deleted Rand Paul’s Posts Mocking Hillary Clinton
Possibly politicians have too found their way through social media and Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky lawmaker and a potential contender for GOP President is one such example. Paul tried to get on the break-the-INTERNET bandwagon by not promoting his comic through Twitter, but Pinterest this time. Given his history of mocking several US government policies and figures like Mr. Barrack Obama himself, this time Paul decided to go head to head with his competitor in the Presidential race – Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
What did he do?
The premise behind his rhetoric is quite evident from what he said during a recent speech:
“I certainly wish that maybe she becomes preoccupied with something else because I don’t think she’s fit to lead the country.”
So it was at this Valentine’s day Paul found the perfect moment to publicly mock, for the 2016 presidential poles, over some of her past errors, policies and contradictions. These include how Clinton, as Secretary of State, had shown not much concern over the security deployment at the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya – which led to the terror attacks. Also how she goes on claiming about family’s bleak financial conditions at the end of President Clinton’s term in 2001.
So what he basically did was, firstly choosing Pinterest as the medium for his comic attack. Making a fake profile with the name of Hillary Clinton. Given how Pinterest basically operates, Paul went on to create Boards based on the most ‘highlighted’ events and statements from Clinton’s political career. Under some of the most trending board names on Pinterest, like Inspirational Quotes, Paul posted a combinations of memes and cartoons depicting the ‘real’ Clinton motive or reaction to an event.
A White House Remodel Board with pictures showing how would Ms. Clinton like to redesign the White House if and only if she makes to the White House.
Another highlight of the profile was the Board which had pictures of all the Democrats who had lost in the November primaries, with a ‘who almost got there’ caption! The Board which must’ve really gotten the Clintons is the meme alleging their net financial value to be around $200 Grand after such ‘strained’ financial conditions. As per the occasion he also designed Valentine meme-cards relating to the Benghazi attack of 2012 saying “I’ve Benghazing at you!”
This stunt was all out against Pinterest Acceptable Use policy; removing any content found to impersonate or misrepresent someone in particular. The page was immediately taken down, not giving poor Paul’s sad humor a chance to make it to a wider social media audience.
The senator never stated any specific rationale behind using Pinterest but what makes sense is that Pinterest has attracted more Midwestern women and maybe he thought his comic point could get more views like that.
It won’t be fair to say that Rand Paul’s gimmick couldn’t get much audience as it never persisted on the ‘official’ Pinterest Boards because in this age of rapid technology anything that makes it way up online even for a minute is guaranteed to have as much presence as possible.