Update: Desperate politics – Tea Party protesters threaten gun violence if health care passes. In a disturbing indication of the extreme desperation of the far right, Tea Party protesters are threatening gun violence in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers and thwart the will of the people.
Think Progress reports on Tea Party threats of gun violence:
Tea Party activists have gathered on Capitol Hill today for a “Code Red” rally against health care reform. Speakers at the event included Republican Reps. Steve King (IA), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Mike Pence (IN). The gathering was organized by Tea Party Profiteer organizations like FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. ThinkProgress attended today’s rally and spotted a sign threatening violence if health care passes. The sign reads: “Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can,” referring to Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and a Browning firearm.
The news is deeply disturbing, and is further indication of the break down of civil society. The Tea Party protesters have become an ugly mob. They threaten, they curse, they hurl racial and other ugly epitaphs, they even spit upon our elected representatives.
Among the reported events:
— Protesters shouted “nigger” at Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader from the 1960s.
— Someone spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat.
In addition, slurs were hurled at Barney Frank insulting his sexual orientation.
There can be no excuse now for good people to continue to identify with the Tea Party. As a movement it has failed. It has become home to racists, white supremacists and dangerous conservative reactionaries who threaten the American way of life.
Tea Party thugs will not prevent health care reform.
Tea Party thugs will not stop progress, they will not prevent social justice. Ugly threats and intimidation will not thwart the will of the people. We shall overcome.
Yes we can.
Be sure to read the original story:
Desperate politics: Tea Party health care protesters hurl racial slurs at black lawmakers
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