Tea Partiers in DC Spit on Rep Cleaver; Call Frank “F****t”, Reps Lewis and Carson “N****r”
Today, the Tea Party Movement revealed itself to be far less about taxes/ “Amerukun Valooz” and far more about hatred than ever before.
House Democrats heard it all Saturday – words of inspiration from President Obama and raucous chants of protests from demonstrators. And at times it was flat-out ugly, including some racial epithets aimed at black members of Congress.
The tone was set outside the Capitol. Clogging the sidewalks and streets of Capitol Hill were at least hundreds – no official estimate was yet available – of loud, furious protesters, many of them tea party opponents of the health care overhaul.
Among the demonstrators was Delane Stewart, 65, of Cookeville, Tenn., who had come with her husband, Jesse.
“You know what’s coming next if this happens?” she said, referring to the health bill’s passage. “They’re going to come after gun control.”
Retired businessman Randy Simpson, 67, of Seneca, S.C., also said the health bill was just a first step.
“My concerns are about the health care bill, and the direction it takes us is toward communism, quite frankly,” he said.
Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black, and Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said that it occurred.
“It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn’t frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”
Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said a protester spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is black.
Clyburn, who led fellow black students in integrating South Carolina’s public facilities a half century ago, called the behavior “absolutely shocking.”
“I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus,” Clyburn told reporters.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is gay, said protesters shouted “abusive things” to him as he walked from the Longworth building to the Rayburn building. “It’s a mob mentality that doesn’t work politically,” he said.
Rep. Henry Waxman was also harassed by a menacing mob.
Things are getting pretty heated in the Capitol with crowds of anti-Reform/Tea Party activists going through the halls shouting slogans and epithets at Democratic members of Congress.
As our Brian Beutler reports, a few moments ago in the Longworth office building, a group swarmed a very calm looking Henry Waxman, as he got on the elevator, with shouts of “Kill the bill!” “You liar! You crook!”
Not long before, Rep. Barney Frank got an uglier version of the treatment. Just after Frank rounded a corner to leave the building, an older protestor yelled “Barney, you faggot.” The surrounding crowd of protestors then erupted in laughter.
At one point, Capitol police officer threatened to throw a group of protestors out of the building but that only seemed to inflame them more; and apparently none were ejected.
So who are these Tea Party protesters in DC? How did they get there- who is behind them?
More below the fold.
* Related: Tea Bullies Slip Off the RNC Leash-That’s Not Good News For Republicans…Earlier in the week, I received the following email from “Human Events”. Usually when I get these emails, they are hilariously written tripe by the likes of Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin and the like- sometimes they are from advertisers for Human Events.
This one I read and wondered what the end result would be. Never did I imagine this today.
NOW Is The Time We Need Patriots Like YOU
Dear Fellow Patriot,
I am writing this short note to you while sitting on a dark bus, heading towards Washington, D.C.
This bus is full of people just like you… people from all walks of life… people who have families, jobs, and real lives to live. It’s just after midnight, and as I look around the bus at the other sleeping passengers, I realize… I am in the company of Great Americans.
You see, we’re making this 12-hour bus trip so that we can walk directly into the offices of U.S. Congressmen, and tell them right to their faces: DO NOT VOTE FOR SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE.
None of us are paid lobbyists. I’m probably the only one here who is engaged full-time in grassroots activism, on behalf of our 350,000 members. We don’t represent any big corporations, or unions, or insurance companies, or liberal “astroturf” groups. We don’t represent any one political party; I’ve heard conversations that tell me we’ve got Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, Constitutionalists, and who knows what else, riding this bus.
Yes, this is just a bus full of people like YOU — people who want to just live our lives in peace, but who have discovered that the BROOD OF VIPERS in Washington, D.C. don’t WANT to let us live in peace. We’ve discovered that they want to take over every aspect of our lives — and WE AREN’T GOING TO LET THEM ANY MORE! We’ve had ENOUGH!
And I know that YOU have had enough, too. You’ve had enough of the bailouts of banks that they said were “too big to fail” — but who then squander those billions of taxpayer dollars even more than they did before.
You’ve had enough of so-called “stimulus plans” that don’t “stimulate” ANYTHING, but hand out a LOT of pork to every Congressional Tom, Dick, and Harry that can stick his hand in that “pot of gold” paid for by TAXPAYERS.
You’ve had enough of socialists trying to take over the entire American health care system, and turn what is the best system in the world into something that looks like Cuba.
You’ve had enough of unelected bureaucrats and banksters at the Federal Reserve printing TRILLIONS of dollars out of thin air, driving the value of our money down by over 95 PERCENT since they started… and then refusing to allow Congress to do a full audit of their secret backroom deals made with OUR money.
You’ve had ENOUGH of higher taxes, bigger government, more welfare, a trashed and ignored Constitution, payoffs, bribes, kickbacks, corruption… the list just goes on and on.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Today — just like at the Tea Parties across the nation last year — just like the Town Halls in state after state — just like the millions who marched on DC last 9/12 — just like the millions of phone calls, emails, faxes, and letters that have poured into every Congressional office…
Today, just like has been happening for over a year now, TENS OF THOUSANDS of Americans from all across the country are converging on the U.S. Capitol, with a simple message:
“YOU WORK FOR US!”
They’ve tried to ignore us for over a year — but they’ve discovered they can’t. We aren’t going away — EVER.
WE THE PEOPLE are making our voices heard, and we’re only getting louder. And I want to tell you THANK YOU for being willing to make YOUR voice heard.
This week, we’ll see who those “representatives” of the people are going to listen to: their liberal “masters,” or their REAL bosses — YOU AND ME.
Yes, I’m on a bus full of Real American Patriots. But I have to tell you — I’m sure glad there are millions more like them across this land… and that YOU are one of them.
Thank you so much.
TAKE ACTION: I’m sure you’ve already heard the news that the Democrats are going to use their parliamentary trick of “reconciliation” to ram through their bill. We don’t have much time to stop the socialists’ march towards Obamacare. Obama, Reid and Pelosi are all saying they want Congress to pass Obamacare THIS WEEK. We CANNOT let the radical liberals in Congress — and the White House — force this plan for socialized health care on the American people! That’s why we’re here in D.C. today — and it’s why we’ve set up our website to enable you to send a strong message RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE to every single member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, OPPOSING this outrageous plan.
For about what it would cost you in time and telephone charges, you can send Blast Faxes to Democrats, Republicans, Independents — EVERYONE in BOTH houses of Congress, DEMANDING that they REJECT this socialized health care plan NOW!
TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH
CARE — BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
SEND YOUR FAXES NOW!
This fight CAN BE WON! Please, take action right away to STOP this bill in the U.S. Congress!
William Greene, President
P.S. The bus we’re riding on was chartered by volunteers with our friends at the Tea Party Patriots.
But when we arrived to board the bus, we discovered that, due to unforeseen circumstances, it was going to cost each person a lot more than expected. It looked like we were going to have to cancel the trip, and the opportunity to join with thousands of other patriots from across the country who were coming to demand that Congress LISTEN TO US for a change.
I couldn’t stand idly by and let the fire that burned in the hearts of these patriots be quenched. So, as a representative of RightMarch.com, I quietly stepped up to the bus driver and handed him a credit card, and told him to just charge whatever else was needed to that card.
It cost another $2,140.00 to get that bus rolling. But it IS rolling, and that fire is burning stronger than ever in these people’s hearts.
But now we need to pay that credit card bill. I don’t want to have to pull from funds designated to other projects, but we weren’t expecting this cost. If you’re able to — can you donate just $10 or $20, or even $50 or $100, right now? Any amount will be a HUGE blessing.
I want RightMarch.com to be able to do this kind of thing for patriotic Americans, whenever we’re needed. Please CLICK HERE to make your best donation now
Again, even if you’re not able to be here with your brothers-in-arms — you CAN make a difference right now. You can either send faxes to every single Senator and Representative to tell them to REJECT the socialized plan of “Obamacare” by Clicking Here; or you can send a FREE message directly to your Representative by clicking here, and to your Senators by clicking here.
TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH
CARE — BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
Whatever you’re able to do, I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Right now, I’m going to join my fellow Patriots in getting a few hours of sleep; we’ve got a long day of fighting the good fight ahead of us tomorrow, so please pray for us. God bless you.
As always, you can also send a FREE message directly to your Representative by clicking here, and to your Senators by clicking here. Thank you.
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The aforementioned Tea Party Patriots advertised their rally thusly:
TEA PARTY PATRIOTS GATHER IN OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE
Washington, D.C. – On the eve of the U.S. House of Representatives voting on a trillion dollar, government takeover of the health care system, the Tea Party Patriots will gather with coalition partners Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), FreedomWorks, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Institute for Liberty, Let Freedom Ring, 60 Plus, and many more to voice the concerns of millions of Americans.
The Tea Party Patriots and its coalition partners will rally with Rep. Michele Bachman, actor John Voight, among others before walking the halls of Congressional office buildings asking U.S. Congressmen to stand with their constituents and against the government takeover.
WHO: Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Tax Relief, FreedomWorks, Institute for Liberty, Let Freedom Ring, Faith and Freedom Coalition, 60 Plus, and many more.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Actor Jon Voight, Rep. Michele Bachman, Rep. Steve King & others
WHAT: Rally Against the Government Takeover of Health Care
WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Noon (Early arrivals starting at 10 a.m.)
WHERE: West Lawn of the Capitol