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Rand Paul Selfie App Is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea


The 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released a free phone app in the iTunes and Google Play stores on Wednesday.

According to The New York Times, the new interactive feature will allow Paul’s supporters (and detractors) to do a number of things that normal political campaigns cannot accomplish via traditional means:

In addition to offering calendar events, campaign news and a featured video, the app lets users post their own Rand Paul memes or create an artificial selfie with the senator to share on social media. And if they know where to tap, they can find an “Easter egg” hidden game, a version of the 1978 arcade classic “Space Invaders” that features Mr. Paul’s torch logo shooting rockets at other campaigns’ logos, blasting Donald J. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” and Jeb Bush’s “Jeb!” into pixelated embers.

There’s obviously a lot to digest here, as Paul’s app tries to provide a wide variety of services — informational and otherwise — to anyone who chooses to download it. However, as Joe Veix of Death and Taxes accurately notes, the campaign’s emphasis on the selfie feature is probably not a good idea.

“This is obviously a terrible idea — at least, for Rand Paul,” writes Veix. “For everyone else, it’s a fun new tool to f*ck with a disastrous presidential candidate.”

Partisan commentary aside, Veix isn’t wrong. In fact, he’s very, very right. He provides a litany of example selfies in his article, many of which we can’t reproduce here, that use the selfie feature to put Paul in rather perilous (and hilarious) situations. Then again, a quick image search on Twitter under the #StandWithRand hashtag reveals a much wider variety of examples — both good and bad. Our favorites include:

[h/t Death and Taxes, The New York Times]
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