One frequently proffered explanation for the rise of Donald Trump is that so many modern campaigns feel entirely artificial, stage-managed, sterile, afraid of controversy.
But Trump isn’t the only candidate to embrace the chaos. So has Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator has released an app that allows you to take a “selfie” “with” him, then post it to Twitter with the hashtag #StandWithRand. That’s dangerous business: Any time you invite people to generate content, you’re risking social-media embarrassment. (Just ask the NYPD.)
Not only that, but Paul’s Twitter feed is retweeting a bunch of them. They’re not just picking out the obvious ones to share though—some of them are a little creepy, a little menacing, or just strange. Some seem almost painfully earnest:
Some of them are a little silly. (Why so serious, Senator?)
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether they’re sincere, like this gentleman who looks ready to eat the gentleman from Kentucky:
And a few are just entirely dada:
If we can’t make America great again, I say let’s at least make it weird.