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A lot of angry dipshits who haven't noticed that the national debt has been going up steadily since the 80s.
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The Republican Party is very very right wing, and the Tea Party is mad.
—Ian Hislop, Have I Got News For You[1]

The Tea Party movement is many things to many people:

At first, this "organization" consisted of little more than a dollar bill being yanked on a short string. Over time, it grew beyond the GOP's ability to rein in its members, to the point where they led a successful coup on the House Speaker. Since that time, every piece of Teabagger legislation has been shut down in the Senate (even if it passed with Republican support) or vetoed by the President, that legislation being huge tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, huge tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, repeal of Obamacare, and huge tax cuts.[3] Did I mention repeal of Obamacare?

History[edit]

As the name indicates, this self-inflicted gunshot wound is founded on a misinterpretation of the Boston Tea Party. They adopted the lame slogan "Taxed Enough Already" as a backronym for "tea."

The term has been used here and there for generations; most recently, Ron Paul held a couple rallies against taxes they called Tea Parties,[4] and a group in NY held rallies against anti-obesity laws that used the same name.[5]

Right-wingers insist that this movement is a totally organic, grassroots effort that sprang up overnight as a reaction to taxes Chinese-owned US debt[6] Obama[7] progressives[8] health care reform big government[9] illegal immigration[10] gun control[11] the War on Christmas[12] George Soros[13] the FCC[14][15] Al Gore[16][17] SJWs[18][19] Public libraries[20] Canada?[21] taxes, presumably with representation. Everyone else realized this was a media stunt orchestrated by the likes of Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, Roger Ailes, et al.[22]

Ironically, the Tea Party was actually launched by CNBC's Rick Santelli.[23] The first use of the Tea Party iconography started in 2007 during Ron Paul's presidential campaign. However, the Tea Parties were limited to Paul die-hards and never gained mainstream traction until Santelli dredged the idea back up on CNBC in 2009. It didn't take long for the astroturf machine to move in after that:[24]

That Tea Party movement looked an awful lot like the efforts the Kochs’ CSEWikipedia's W.svg had led in the Clinton and Bush years [...] and, of course, CSE’s successor, Americans for Prosperity, built to coordinate the effort nationally. All of them saw their budgets expand significantly as Obama ran for the White House and then took office—months or even a full year before the Tea Party movement erupted into public view. This explains why the Tea Party movement was able to mobilize, spread, and network so rapidly, as if by magic. —Jeff Nesbit[25]

Not a joke[edit]

The movement officially launched in February 2009. Their stated purpose was to organize a nationwide protest on April 15th, 2009—the day income tax forms were due in the United States. On this day, millions hundreds of people gathered at various locations around the country to throw teabags into some handy bodies of water. These demonstrations took place everywhere from Kentucky to California, but were thwarted in Washington, D.C. because they didn’t have a permit to dump a million tea bags into the sea[26] (way to organize, guys!). The protests energized the conservative base like nothing seen since the Goldwater revolution of the late sixties.

The greatest trick the Tea Party ever pulled was making everyone who isn't Ted Cruz look like a "moderate." Following a wave of elections lost by Tea Party politicians[27] and the government shutdown of 2013 (which was widely blamed on Tea Party candidates like Cruz), the establishment wing began to realize that the Tea Party was hurting as much as helping them.[28][29][30][31] Tea partiers denied these accusations and insisted that they will remain a force to be reckoned with.[32]

There were 1.7 million 'baggers at a protest in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2009 according to Glenn Beck.[33] Not 60-75 thousand as estimated by the DC Park Policiffers. There were apparently follow-up protests on the 4th of July, 2009; however, they received little media coverage, and only one place cared.[34] They did, however, hold a larger protest in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2009 with attendance of about 70,000, comparable to other major D.C. protests.[35]

Jon Stewart once commented (in semi-praise of Ron Paul) that most were just "Moral Majority in three-corner hats."

Make it stoppp[edit]

The group had mixed success in the 2010 midterm elections; they kicked out most of the Blue Dog Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, and were credited with some impressive Republican gains, but also caused the Republicans a few losses. For example, Sharron Angle, who, with Tea Party support, knocked out a more viable candidate in the Nevada Republican primary but then lost the election to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whereas the more viable Republican candidate might have toppled the Tea Party's public enemy. Christine O'Donnell is another sorry case.

The Tea Party continued piling up wins in 2014 (probably because no one is proposing unchecked immigration and they are attacking a strawman), ousting Majority Leader Eric Cantor and shaking the very foundations of the GOP. It's thanks to them that the GOP now controls the House. No longer merely "useful idiots", the Tea Party looks to be the future of the Republican party. The 2016 GOP primary is even more of a circus now than it was before. You had Scott Walker talking about building a wall across the Canadian border, Carson discussing the possibility of using drones to bomb caves in Mexico, and Bush trying to out-trump Trump with mentions of the scourge of Asian birth tourism. Not to mention Cruz, Huckabee and Paul all coming out in favor of bigoted nut Kim Davis.

The torch has already largely been passed.The problem isn't that those specific Republicans make up a majority of the caucus, but that the rest of the caucus is scared of them. Tea Party groups continue to threaten to "primary" (i.e., support primary challengers against) incumbent Republican candidates running for re-election whom they perceive as being too moderate.[36]

I WANT TO GET OFF MR. TRUMP'S WILD RIDE[edit]

We have a word for people who are dominated by fear. We call them cowards. Trump was not a coward in the business or campaign worlds. He could take on enormous debt and had the audacity to appear at televised national debates with no clue what he was talking about. But as president his is a policy of cowardice. On every front, he wants to shrink the country into a shell.
David Brooks[37]

This year the Republican base voted overwhelmingly for a presidential candidate who promised to punish China economically for manipulating their currency.[38] Every GOP candidate (including Rand) had also promised to double down on everything the Bush administration did to worsen inequality.[39] They're also proposing "vaccine choice"[40][41][42][43] and a return to the gold standard.[44] While terrible, that idea doesn't come close to "ban all the Muslims."[45] Unless you consider "the pyramids are giant grain silos" to be an idea, then it's that one.[46] But by the way let me tell you about how we must defund Planned Parenthood, even if it means shutting down the government, to prevent the majority mob from ruling us.[47] Meanwhile Trump's supporters are so deluded that they actually believe he controls voters through mass hypnosis because a guy who draws cartoons told them so.[48]

So, no matter who won, the Republican party as you know it is over. Finished. Finito. Rove, Ryan, McConnell and the others are done. They have lost the respect of voters because they had the gall to put country over party. So they're out. It's now the party of Trump, LaPierre, Palin and LePage. They can neither know nor accept opposing views, because they believe their failures are the fault of "others": immigrants, minorities and the PC police.

In short, it's a global trend occurring as a result of economic instability and the death toll of the pre-information industrial sector. They aren't exactly socially liberal, since they're willing to exclude non-whites and women in society. We don't know exactly how this will play out in the coming years since this is a contemporary phenomenon mirrored around the world.

Demographics[edit]

Up to now, America has not been a good milieu for the rise of a mass movement. What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation.
Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time (1967)

The Tea Party is fundamentally a movement of Republicans who think they're Libertarians. 76% identify or lean towards the Republican party (although much of the establishment Republicans find them annoying). More than $850,000 of the money the supposedly grassroots political action committee collected went to the firm of GOP political operatives who ran it.[49]

This party is a beautiful microcosm of what modern conservationism has become: a small handful of people who actually care about things like small government, individual liberty, civil liberties, freedom of religion, privacy, and opposing government surveillance, all being shouted down by people who like to go on and on about how much they stand for all those things, but will throw it all away instantly with a smile on their faces the moment they smell a chance to persecute people they don't like. These are the "center right" voters who want to abolish the minimum wage and all social programs plus roll back the Civil Rights Act,[50] who call Obama a dangerous far-left extremist for saying that you can't fix a gay person by praying it away. As long as the gun industry continues to supply 'armed insurrections' against the government, they will always vote "R."[51]

Strange bedfellows[edit]

A conservative distaste for alternative fuels. A wingnutty passion for "living off the grid". What happens when these two sides collide? You guessed it: the Tea Party has issued challenges to utility monopolies in Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, and other places that unfairly tax rooftop solar panels.[52] It's reasonable for there to be a fee for being disconnected from the grid; you pay an extra fraction of a cent per kWh that goes to making sure everyone else has power. What shouldn't happen is users being penalized for having solar via service fees that can exceed a normal power bill, like those Arizona power companies that wanted a $50-$100 minimum charge for using solar panels.[53] What's appearing here is a schism between the Tea Party puppet-masters (Big Oil) and the on-the-ground activists, who have stopped following directions.[54]

Minority outreach[edit]

An absolute casserole of mishmashed hate-and-conspiracy imagery, approaching near-Dadaist levels.

The Tea Party movement is highly diverse. Stormfront has talked of infiltrating the Tea Party.[55][56] The white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens also has connections to it, [57] as do similar groups.[note 1]

Racism is by no means universal in the Tea Party: some groups have expelled racist members. The NAACP called on the Tea Party to repudiate the racists within the movement but there are complaints that not enough has been done.[58][59] Still by no means are all members racist; there is even at least one token African American representative.[60] Birthers represent 35% of committed Tea Party supporters, and the same proportion of conservative Republicans agree.

Tea Partiers can't even be relied upon to support Israel anymore. Tea Party lawmakers, on the other hand, lean toward making an exception for Israel, thanks to the influence of Jewish fundraisers such as Sheldon Adelson.[61] Both Ron and Rand Paul were criticized and labeled anti-Semitic for proposing cuts to foreign aid. Ex-governors Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, both darlings of Tea Party, have carefully toed the line, and even Trump refused to touch the third rail.[62] Still, there's an underlying resentment of foreigners which won't go away so easily,[63] and might bear fruit if the isolationist wing has its way.[64]

Conspiracy Theorists[edit]

Anyone who spends time on an active Tea Party forum will see a number of conspiracy-related threads pop up. More common conspiracies include:

An eagle-eyed viewer may also find:

It's about taxes and spending, really![edit]

But they are nothing new, nothing new at all. They are mostly a bunch of cranky white men with money who are trying desperately to hang on to their privileges. Same as it ever was. They are what we have called 'Republicans' for at least the last 30 years.
—digby[66]

Though the movement claims to be libertarian, most libertarians have come out against it[67][68][69] and its prominent figures.[70] A Libertarian Party poll has also shown that Libertarians see the Teabaggers as too Republican-flavored:[71]

Furthermore, a number of polls have shown considerable overlap between the Tea Party and the religious right:[80]

  • A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that almost half of Teabaggers openly identify as part of the "religious right", a majority favored declaring abortion illegal, and less than one in five are in favor of legalizing gay marriage.[81]
  • A Pew poll found similar results, in addition to finding a majority in favor of securing the border and Second Amendment rights.[82]
  • A University of Washington poll found that a majority of Teabaggers thought gays and lesbians had "too much political power" and that immigration was "changing the country for the worse."[83]

Astroturfing[edit]

The Tea Party has been astroturfing from minute one. It's the best-coordinated viral marketing campaign in history, and the fact that anyone actually believes it was ever grassroots is a testament to just how well-executed it was.

The two main 'Bagger astroturf groups are FreedomWorks headed by Dick Armey and Americans for Prosperity. Both were spun off from the Koch-bankrolled Citizens for a Sound Economy. The Kochs denied any connection to the Tea Parties. A few months after that statement, a video leaked of Teabag state chapter leaders reporting directly to David Koch himself at the Americans for Prosperity mothership.[84] (But they're grassroots, honest!)

At the First Teabagging Convention, Mark Scoda, a Memphis businessman, announced the creation of Ensuring Liberty Corporation, a Memphis based company with a political action group that would fund "Tea Party candidates" - that is, politicians supportive of the tea party movement which he described as: "Less government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, states['] rights, and national security." It will be accepting corporate donations.[85]

The Tea Party has merely become another patsy for the insurance industry's war on health care reform. The "Tea Party Caucus" received donations of $2.7 million from the health care sector, which also contributed towards a $25 million "war chest" to be used by the Tea Party to fight the elections.[86][87] One insurer has gone so far as to urge employees to attend anti-healthcare Tea Party rallies.[88][89]

Factions[edit]

By the end of 2009, like many kooky political movements, the movement splintered into various groups, each claiming to be the true leader of the Tea Party movement, including the Tea Party Patriots and the Tea Party Nation.[90][91] On February 4-6, 2010 the Tea Party Nation hosted the first ever national convention in Nashville, Tennessee with guest speaker Sarah Palin.[92] The convention was attacked by teabaggers for being distant from the supposedly grassroots movement, with tickets costing $549.[93]

The largest Tea Party organizations by size are:[94]

  • Tea Party Patriots
  • ResistNet
  • Tea Party Nation
  • FreedomWorks Tea Party
  • 1776 Tea Party[95]

Cheerleaders[edit]

Though the news has been generally critical of their intentions, they love the Tea Party's insult-comic shtick, their lack of political correctness, and (most importantly) the ratings their antics bring.

The "9/12" protests on the September 12, 2009 were the culmination of a six-month campaign by Fox News host Glenn Beck. The 9/12 Project gets its name from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC, on September 11, 2001. Apparently Beck decided that the way to commemorate the 8th anniversary of this event was to hold a large anti-government rally in one of the cities where it occurred, something he had failed to do on the previous seven anniversaries whilst George W Bush was president. His rationale was that the protest was going to take Americans back to how they felt the day after the terrorist attacks - united behind a Republican president.[96] He then devised 9 principles and 12 values he wanted everyone to adhere to.[97] When the protest finally occurred it was given all-day coverage on Fox News, with Glenn Beck hosting a special show from the protest. Despite some claims of a seven-figure turnout,[98] the heavily astroturfed tea party protest attracted 70,000 to 100,000 people.[35]

The aftermath of the protest became a comedy of its own. Fox News began running full-page ads in newspapers that read "How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?"[99] The other news organisations all pointed out that they had given coverage to the protest during their news bulletins. Fox countered by saying they were missing the story behind the protest; however the story behind the protest is that Fox News astroturfed the protest - including having news producers directing and rallying the crowd.[100]

Never one to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh suggested protesting the media itself for not covering this "growing movement".[101] This began WorldNetDaily's attempted astroturf campaign to protest "Obama's Minion Media", with the help of the supposedly grassroots, supposed organisation Operation: can you hear us now? - whose website seems not to exist.[102] The extremely lackluster event gathered less than a few thousand people in more than 100 locations, making for underwhelming protests that were justifiably ignored by the media.[103] As with the July 4th protests, unless the tea parties have extensive coverage from major media outlets, such as Fox News, beforehand, they tend to attract very small crowds.

In October 2009, Republicans in the House of Representatives wanted to pass a resolution to commemorate the "hundreds of thousands of American patriots" who "came to Washington, DC, to show their disapproval."[104] Remember, these protests are not organised by the Republicans, they are entirely organic, and the protesters oppose government waste—which should presumably include passing unnecessary resolutions.

Stupidity[edit]

They don't read the Fortune 500 and put together an analysis of what's really going on in the world, all they've had rammed into their heads is, 'The federal government's your enemy.' You tell them to go read declassified National Security CouncilWikipedia's W.svg documents, or to look at things in the business press that would really mean something to them – I mean, a lot of people don't even read. We should bear in mind how illiterate the society's become.
Noam Chomsky[105] on the seeds of the Tea Party movement (in 1994)

The problems with the movement many, but they all down to oil men taking advantage of uninformed working stiffs.[106] Generally, these protests suffer at least one of these flaws:

  1. The Obama administration had issued no new taxes at all, before the date of the protest. Any complaint about the tax policy at the time should be directed at the Bush administration, whose taxes were still in effect. Even after the Obama administration changed the tax laws for the following year, 95% of people will get a tax cut, not an increase. No reports exist saying whether the protests consisted entirely of the 5% who would pay (slightly) more taxes. Furthermore, though the Teabaggers frequently protest the 2009 stimulus package, tax cuts encompassed 37% of the stimulus.
  2. The original Tea Party was to protest taxation without representation. The US currently has taxation with representation, unless Obama plans to suspend free elections (spoiler alert: he doesn’t). Thus, using tea is an inappropriate, idiotic idea that accomplishes nothing except pointing out which people are not clever enough to research what they are protesting about. Oh, and giving some fish a brief caffeine and tannin high. And creating a temporary windfall in sales of tea bags.
  3. Also, and more amusingly, the original Tea party was a protest over the tea tariff being cut — but only for the British East India Company, giving them a virtual monopoly due to lower pricing over the wealthy merchants and smugglers who were being undercut (and who were the "protesters").
  4. Promoted as a "giant" protest, with "over 500" local events, it is utterly dwarfed by the "protest heard 'round the world" against the start of the Iraq War, which earned George W. Bush the ignominious title of having the largest number of people ever in history to protest against him.
  5. Many who consider themselves to be part of the Tea Party worship the Republican Party and/or people like Glenn Beck. Others (wanting to appear "independent") claim to not agree with such organizations or people, yet espouse much of the same crackpot rhetoric. They think that listening to paranoid blowhard Alex Jones and reading infowars makes them savvy.

Insert teabagging jokes here[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Euphemism
  • Protestors were "full throated" and wanted to give Obama "tongue lashings". Oh yeah, that's dirty baby.[107]
  • A Fox News fan wrote in saying he would hang tea bags from his rear-view mirror and antennae (to "support the cause") because he couldn't make it to the actual protests and Gretchen Carlson piped in saying, "You could hang it from your mirror too like fuzzy dice."[108]
  • "The Democrats are a donkey, Republicans are an elephant, and the Tea Party is a bug up the elephant's ass." - Stephen Colbert on the fiscal cliff[109]
  • "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging"[110]
  • "(I)f you are planning simultaneous tea bagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey."[111]
  • "Teabaggers suck balls."

Coffee Party[edit]

The Coffee Party is a liberal answer to the Tea Party movement. They are a movement whose goal is to get cooperation in government and to remove corporate influence from politics.[112] As with the Tea Party they claim a grassroots origin.

A "national day of meetings" was held on 13 March 2010 at 350 coffee shops across the US & abroad. Though mostly in the greater San Francisco area. Presumably.

Not-so-useful idiots[edit]

We're starting to think that this is the last season of America and the writers are just going nuts.
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.
—James Monroe, First Inaugural Address (1817)[113]
  • Greg Abbott (Governor of Texas 2015-present): Suing the President is his big claim to fame.[114][115] (Similar to when idiots pass laws against videogames.) That's not his money. That's taxpayer money. He wins on multiple fronts: He can point to the law and say see what I did? He can also point at the judges who overturn it and shout judicial activism, see? And last but not least, he can, when cases like this one drain money from the government and social programs have to be cut, he can point and say See, big government doesn't work. It can't balance its budget.
  • Todd Akin (Representative from Missouri 2001-2013):These aging boomers are hilariously tone-deaf.
  • Sharron Angle: Fruitcake to the tenth power. She believes that rape victims should turn lemons into lemonade and give birth, and endorses "Second Amendment remedies." Despite bashing "Obamacare," she and her husband receive government health care.
  • Penis Navy Wiener Air Force Cock Marines Vagina Coast Guard Dick Armey (Representative from Texas 1985-2003, House Majority Leader 1995-2003): He split with the FreedomWorks lobbying group over matters of principle, uh huh. (He managed to pocket $8,000,000 before quitting over minor details, like fraud.) This is just standard procedure for the elitist class: CEOs frequently drive companies into the ground and receive very handsome payouts for their failure. We preferred the direction he was taking the Tea Party: Wasting money on losing elections.[116]
  • Joe Arpaio: How this guy kept getting re-elected is a reflection of the intelligence in the Sun City area. (We have dozens of golf courses in a desert, so why do we have a drought?) He was recently charged with federal contempt and is facing trial. Just in time to be drafted by Trump's Homeland Security, so wave goodbye to your Constitution. If the Yellowstone supervolcano blows, this is why.[117] Update: Looks like we dodged that bullet.[118]
  • Rob Astorino: Andrew Cuomo may be hated in upstate NY, but they hate this guy even more. He was elected by an apathetic electorate and didn't deserve the state governorship. "Soup is good!" he said, with a giggle, when asked how Medicaid recipients would chew food if dental services are no longer covered.[119] He's gunning for Cuomo again in 2018.
  • Michele Bachmann (Representative from Minnesota 2007-2015): Bachmann (and some of her Tea Party cronies) accused an aide of Hillary Clinton of being a Muslim brotherhood agent sent to infiltrate the highest levels of Washington. In response, John McCain proved he has a bit of a spine and took to the senate floor to denounce this evil shrew.
  • Adam Baldwin: He is responsible for "Gamergate", along with a few wackadoodle theories regarding Obama.
  • Steve Bannon (White House Chief Strategist 2017-present): Not sure this is really a "takeover" so much as sealing the deal.[120] Nazi alt-righters on social media already call themselves Republicans, and there's been less than zero resistance from the party's rank and file. At some point, you just have to say the alt-right is the Republican Party.
  • Lou Barletta (Representative from Pennsylvania 2011-present): Endorsed Trump because he identifies with him. “I’ve been called names, a racist and a bigot."[121] Yes. Yes, you have. He failed to mention he fought his case all the way to the Supreme Court and lost, with the citizens of Philadelphia having to foot the bill for legal fees.[122] Hopefully the Santorum endorsement is a sign of his predictive ability fuck.
  • Joe Barton (Representative from Texas 1985-present): He's a man on emission. Wind is a finite resource,[123] environmentalists are causing global warming, and besides, brimstone has a much higher carbon footprint![124] You can laugh at this idiot, but the real problem is that 50% of Americans would agree with him, and an even higher percentage in Texas.
  • Glenn Beck: We Surround Them!
  • Matt Bevin (Governor of Kentucky 2015-present): Opposed renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, on the dizzy grounds that it was “unconstitutional” to include spics, squaws, and lesbos in the bill. Wants to legalize cock-fighting.[125] Too crazy even for Kentucky Now the sitting governor. That face when you are done with the Governor's shit.
  • Pat Boone: Believes Dylann Roof was justified in shooting up a black church,[126] and wants to arrest the cast of Saturday Night Live.[127] His punishment from God? Having to live right next door to Ozzy Osbourne.
  • James Bopp: Seeks a "pure" GOP. Also likes to call people names.
  • Kevin Brady (Representative from Texas 1995-present, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee 2015-present): Indecision 2016 "is a clear choice of two paths: one with higher taxes or one with more taxpayers." Translation: This election is about allowing the temporary tax cuts expire as agreed to or taxing the poor and middle class, who are living under the greatest disparity of wealth since the 20s.
  • Dave Brat (Representative from Virgina 2014-present): College professor who spanked the well-financed incumbent, Eric Cantor. It's really not that impressive; Brat is another bought-and-paid-for shill for the Koch brothers. Says "rich" nations don't have to fear climate change (???).[128]
  • Andrew Breitbart, RIP: Prime publisher and amplifier of James O'Keefe. Helped launch the Tea Party, slimed ACORN, got Shirley Sharrod fired, and exposed Weiner. (Erm...) Very sad. I wasn't aware that you could actually die from being full of shit.
  • Jan Brewer (Governor of Arizona 2009-15): ERROR: COMPASSION.EXE IS CORRUPT. INITIATE DESTROY_HUMANS.EXE[129][130] Update: She could have challenged the term limit, but it would have been a long shot at best. Some conjecture that Brewer will probably run for Mummy McCain's senate seat. Scary and possible.
  • Paul Broun (Representative from Georgia 2015-present): Evolution and Big Bang Are “lies straight from the pit of Hell!” Broun served on the House Science Committee with Todd Akin.
  • Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas 2011-present): Ran on a Tea Party platform, primaried the Republican governor, and then promptly bankrupted the state. A total unmitigated disaster who can barely govern due to how poor the state is. Lowest approval rating in the country from what I understand. Reelected in 2014. (Kansas.) One can only hope that poor rural voters decide to stay home in '18 or just do as their masters want and die.
  • Mary Lou Bruner: A truther... JFK Truther, that is! (So that's where Trump got the idea.) Even the Tea Party thinks she's out to lunch.
  • Cliven Bundy: Turd flushed.[131] Many more.
  • Herman Cain: Trump needs black supporters to counter accusations of KKK affiliation. He seems to know this, and has already enlisted a few.
  • Eric Cantor (Representative from Virginia 2001-14): The party purity thing is crazy. Cantor agreed with them 95% of the time and had the power to get things through. Now you have to agree with them 99% of the time, or kiss your College Boy ass good-bye. It's an echo chamber.
  • Ben Carson: Makes audible grinding noises when asked difficult questions. "Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery..." How about shut up.
  • Liz Cheney (Representative from Wyoming 2017-present): Sith apprentice. Offers zilch to the residents of Wyoming, besides her father’s connections of course. Disowned her sister for having a functioning sense of empathy.[132] Was shown the door in 2014. Don't worry, there is other evil that she can attend to. Hopefully she will go hunting with her dad. In 2016, she was elected to Representative. Liz barely had time to unpack her carpet-bag from the last failed attempt.
  • David Clarke: Behaves like a True Grit jack ass anytime his department might take a trim.[133] Like Sheriff Joe, he's become addicted to the limelight;[134][135] he needs to be busted down to private citizen, stat,[136] but alas, he keeps running as a Democrat and there's no way to prevent Republicans from voting for him. We will never understand the cowboy hat. (Come on, you're in Milwaukee dude.)
  • Greg Collett: Came out against Idaho driver's licenses. Because, you know, it's not important that we license people and hold them responsible for plowing two-ton machines into people. Oh, but here's the kicker: he's against mass transit too! So in his perfect world, no one has a license, but they can't avoid having to drive. He's really just really anxious to live in a Mad-Max style apocalypse.[137]
  • Billy Corgan: Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage Captain of Industry, so pay for downloading my music, you leech on society ♫ He really knows how to relate to teenagers, so it makes sense he hasn't moved past that mentality.[138][139]
  • Jerome Corsi: Claimed that Obama might be gay[140] and can't be trusted with the Presidency because he smoked once.
  • Doreen Costa: Just cut Food Stamps. Most people on welfare are addicts anyway, lol.[141]
  • Tom Cotton (Senator from Arkansas 2015-present): Responsible for the Iran letter, which didn't go over too well.[142] Right-wingers love him for undermining Obama, however.[143]
  • Ann "Redneck Money" Coulter:[144] Dang, Coulter is downing a lot of redpills lately. She is a good little Alt-Lite figurehead, like Milo, but as far as conservatives go, she never had kids or even got married, and even dated a guy from India.
  • Ted Cruz (Senator from Texas 2013-present): I'm not saying that Bohener is infested with alien brain mites, but I'm just saying that I'd want to know if he was.
  • Ken Cuccinelli: A vote for Ken Cuccinelli is a vote for keeping sexual predators off the streets—including married couples. (Virginia: No Longer For Lovers™) Not even close to constitutional since Lawrence v. Texas. He isn't just anti-sodomy, he was fine with knowingly passing a law in violation of a SCOTUS decision. And endorsed by both Pauls, of course.[145] A Paulbot to the end, Ken polled at an impressive 7%.
  • Jim DeMint (Senator from South Carolina 2005-2013): More like "Demented", amirite? Former leader of the "Frat House for Jesus" and the Heritage Foundation, but he's too Trumpy for them.[146] Had a simple goal for the US Senate: "Complete gridlock."[147] He also wants schools to fire gay and "promiscuous" female teachers.
  • Scott DesJarlais (Representative from Tennessee 2011-present): Gerrymandering lets you do amazing things.[148]
  • Joni Ernst (Senator from Iowa 2015-present): Hard to show charity when your church brainwashes you into lacking empathy.[149] Unlike most people on the dole, Sen. Joni Ernst just learned to "live within her means" — on the taxpayer's dime, of course.[150] Sick of this automaton? (And the "I'd like to speak to the manager" haircut to go along with it?) Blame the Dems for not highlighting any of the good things they have done for the country.
  • Joseph Farah: God is angry at Obama, so he sent tornadoes.[151] (Which makes all kinds of sense, since the tornadoes only hit red states.) He loves Israel, but hates Mormons because they reject the Trinity; this explains why WND took a dislike to Romney in 2012.[152]
  • Michelle Fiore: Bundy cheerleader from Nevada who owed IRS approximately $1 Million.[153] Her political platform appears to be "I HAVE BIG BREASTS AND LOTS OF GUNS". It's as if a video game character somehow reverse-TRON'ed into our world.
  • Carly Fiorina: Star of CSI: Cyber. Her bad parenting killed her step-daughter, not marijuana. What sort of witch uses the death of family members for political gain?[154] Attributes her litany of failures to sexism.[155]
  • Bryan Fischer: Homosexuals are bullies who are trying to force their way of life on everyone. Why can't we just force them to live the same way as me?
  • Michael Flynn (DIA Director 2012-14, National Security Advisor January 2017-Febuary 2017): Michael Flynn was fired from DIA for being terrible at his job[156] and a little crazy. Obama gave him a pink slip, but one suspects that the intelligence world wanted him gone. Trump then appointed him to be NSA, a liaison between him and intelligence. Intelligence world not happy. Flynn Jr. was a promoter of Pizzagate until daddy told him to muzzle it.[157] Update: Do svidaniya.[158] Yes, a career intelligence officer (who made it as far as being put in charge of the DIA!) knowingly gave secret communiqués to Russia on an open line. He lasted 24 days, a new record.
  • Virginia Foxx (Representative from North Carolina 2005-present, Chairman of House Education Committee 2017-present): She said Matthew Shepard was killed in a robbery, not because he was gay. She hasn't said why he was tortured and crucified.
  • Trent Franks (Congressman from Arizona 2003-present): Congresspeople like this are "a threat to the nation's survival."[159] Thinks terrorists can hide nukes in marijuana bales, and that's why we need a wall. Which may or may not have been the plot of Wile E. Coyote cartoon.[160]
  • Frank Gaffney: Anti-Muslim gadfly, now a "National Security advisor" to the Trump Administration.[161] This is the guy who repeatedly said the Muslim brotherhood was about to seize Washington.[162] He's a loon.
  • Pamela Geller: Sultana of second-generation, middlebrow racism.
  • Newt Gingrich (Representative from Georgia 1979-99, Speaker of the House 1995-99): The spiritual father of the movement. Newt was one of the first practitioners of brinksmanship, obstruction, and all those 'party-over-country" tactics we complain about today. He and his cohorts held up Congress to the point of shutdown, same as in 2013. As we have seen, these tactics somehow translate to parties sweeping the legislature.
  • Louie Gohmert (Representative from Texas 2005-present): King Louie is simply too gorgeous and outsized a figure to sum up here.
  • Trey Gowdy (Representative from South Carolina 2011-present): As a legislator, Gowdy has done jack squat. He wasted 6 million dollars on Benghazi hearings, and claimed the e-mail investigation (run by a Republican who hates Clinton) was a cover-up. He's truly no better than any other conspiracy theorist, which is why the alt-right loves him.
  • Nikki Haley (Governor of South Carolina 2011-2017, Ambassador to the U.N. 2017-present): We knew she was in for trouble when she said that the problems in the government aren't all the Democrats' fault.[163]
  • Sean Hannity: Used to be friends with this guy.
  • Joe Heck (Representative from Nevada 2011-17): The bootleg Sharron Angle. Accidentally linked voters to a hentai site.[164]
  • Valarie Hodges: Ack! When I voted to funnel state funds to religious schools, I didn’t mean Muslim ones! - Rep. Valarie Hodges (R)[165]
  • David Horowitz: Accused Kistol of being a "renegade Jew" who is in league with Hamas.[166] This is old hat for Horowitz.[167]
  • Earl Walker Ewwww "E.W" Jackson: You have to wonder about a guy who keeps trying to criminalize oral sex. Believes that practicing yoga allows Satan into your heart.
  • Victoria Jackson: She's giving off some serious Ali G vibes. But there's no indication that she's taking the piss.
  • Ron Johnson (Senator from Wisconsin 2011-present): This is the guy Wisconsin voted in over Russ Feingold? Feingold gave WI a voice in national politics, he fought for his constituents, and actually did his homework (see: the PATRIOT Act). Then the state decided, to hell with having a voice or any influence, let's vote in this rich businessman who bought his way into the seat. He's not even a good businessman, anyway, most of his money comes from his wife's family. He is useless.
  • Alex "Juice Boxes Make You Gay" Jones: Make one last trip to Wal-mart for canned goods and ammo, before you retreat to your underground bunkers made mostly of derelict school buses and old refrigerators. (Don't click his videos for any reason, even to laugh. Please stop giving him adsense.)
  • John Kasich (Governor of Ohio 2011-present): Kasich is with the Tea Party, too, but still more palatable. He's like the "Gingrich Revolution" type of Tea-Partier.
  • Toby Keith: Breaking: Toby Keith comes to the dark realization that he has more in common with Radical Islam and its converts.[168]
  • Alan Keyes: I disowned my daughter for being gay, why shouldn't everyone else?!
  • Steve King (Representative from Iowa 2013-present): Not even bothering to hide his Neo-Nazism.[169][170][171] King thinks that Syrians are crossing thousands of miles of desert to rape and steal Iowan jobs. If not Syrians, then Mexicans.[172] If not Mexicans, lesbians.[173]
  • Kris Kobach: Current SoS in Kansas and leader of the immigrants are stealing our votes! voter ID push in the U.S. after harping about how sacred voting is, he likely committed election fraud and then stonewalled any investigation into it the actual tampering of our election.
  • The Koch brothers: If you don't know, you haven't been paying attention.
  • Matt Krause: Going to law school at Liberty must consist of three years of being hit in the face with a bust of Jerry Falwell as the instructor screams at you, "WIVES SUBMIT TO THEIR HUSBANDS!"[174]
  • Art Laffer: Wrote the empirical proof that the rich are taxed enough alrehehehehahaha[175][176]
  • Wayne LaPierre: In 1995, Wayne sent out a fundraising letter calling ATF agents "jack-booted thugs".[177] George H.W. Bush resigned his lifetime membership from the NRA soon after.[178]
  • Tomi "No Label Millennial" Lahren: It's obvious the reason she gets any air time (looking at you, Trevor Noah) is because she's a young, pretty blonde. She has absolutely nothing to offer in terms of public discussion. Which is problematic for right-leaning women.
  • Paul LePage (Governor of Maine 2011-present): Pledged to veto every Democratic-sponsored bill until they agree to kill the income tax.[179] Warned of black mobs invading from New York (and Connecticut!) with the intention of knocking up our white women. Keeps comparing the IRS to Nazi Germany. Ordered the removal of a mural depicting the state's labor history, because it's too "one-sided" in favor of employees.[180] Wants to repeal the ACA, rewrite the ACA 99.99% the same, but name it "Republicans for Economical Medicine" and call it a victory.[181] Somebody stop him.
  • Mike Lee (Senator from Utah 2011-present): We're confused. We thought Tea Partiers were mad at the "squishes" because they always promise to achieve conservative goals and fail. But in this case (the debt ceiling and repealing Obamacare), Cruz and Mike Lee did fail, they just failed harder and louder than the "RINOs". Is this what passes for success in Republican circles these days?
  • Mark "Master Shake" Levin:[182] The poor man's Michael Savage. (And brother, that's a poor man to be.) He considers anyone to the left of the Neo-Confederacy a "centrist",[183] meaning Fox News is too liberal for him. Mark Levin now claims that Trump is "not a Conservative" but a "populist." Levin has to justify his outrage factory[184] somehow and as a "real conservative" he just can't have voted for Trump based on his conservative beliefs; therefore, Trump is a populist.
  • Michelle Malkin: The token Coulter. Only with even less integrity.
  • Pat McCrory (Governor of North Carolina 2013-17): McCrory lost. Why is he still obsessed with trans-men and where they are allowed to defecate?[185] Answer: It's gotten him further than his intelligence and charm would have. Now he's on the national stage with the Republicans in their Final Form, instead of being remembered as a figurehead for his friends at Duke Energy. Maybe they'll even forget that he burned the capital down so he wouldn't have to share his toys with anyone. Just a friendly reminder that we're talking about adults and not children; adults in public service, too.[186][187]
  • Ed Mangano: Well, see, the real problem is that he didn't cut taxes enough. If he'd dropped them all the way to zero, Nassau would be rolling in funds! /libertarian[188]
  • Chris Mapp: Hello state that is 38% Hispanic! Vote for me to be your Senator so I can kick out all the wetbacks![189]
  • Gavin McInnis: Disgraced writer for Vice, apex of the 'demented aristocrat' part of the far-right. Also founder of the Proud Boys, a bunch of 'ironically' racist Nazis. Beatings will continue until you can name five breakfast cereals.[190]
  • Sid Miller (Representative from Texas 2001-13): Good News: As SecAg, he'll no longer be a Texas embarrassment. Bad News: He'll be a National embarrassment.[191][192][193]
  • Robert Morrow: GOP Chair in Austin. Robert Morrow's twitter is the stuff of legends. Terrible legends.[194]
  • Grover Norquist: Grover, sensing a chance to weed out unfaithful conservatives, jumped on the bandwagon early. But Tea Partiers weren't fooled: These people know a crypto-Muslim when they see one![195] (And the Tea Party has officially outdone the John Birch Society.)
  • Chuck Norris: He has even threatened to run for president himself. Not of the United States – of Texas, if it decides to secede and again become a separate republic.
  • Ted Nugent (Tea Party "deputy"): God, guns, and "EXTREME MODERATION!"
  • Christine O'Donnell: Coached to act like a poor, victimized little woman to garner sympathy and votes from people as brainless as her. If only she spent as much time on elocution lessons. (What the heck is "lock, step and barrel", anyway?)
  • Sarah Palin (Governor of Alaska 2006-09): If you want to understand the Tea Party, consider this. From their point of view, the only redeeming thing about McCain '08 was Sarah Palin. (But Palin's the main reason you were stuck with a "lying communist".) Trump has had his sights on this for some time, and Palin showed him the way.
  • Carl Paladino: Another colorful (and failed) Teabagger from New York. Owns a rent-a-car business in Buffalo, affixed birther bumper sticker to all of the cars.[196] Currently co-chairman of Trump's New York campaign.
  • Dan "God Over Country" Patrick (Senator from Texas 2007-15, Lieutenant Governor of Texas 2015-present): A Limbaugh wannabe who thinks God speaks through Duck Dynasty,[197] and that pedophiles take advantage of so-called "bathroom bills" to assault women and children.[198] Other states with similar policies have never had that problem...but it plays well with moonshiners led by ayatollahs like Dan Patrick.[199][200]
  • Rand Paul (Senator from Kentucky 2011-present): Oh right, Rand Paul still exists. And he's still a senator, apparently. You'd think he'd go the Gary Johnson route and sell himself as a sane alternative to what Trump is peddling, but here he is, proudly throwing his last stopped clock overboard. His presidential campaign was a non-starter; Ron Paul might be their man, but Trump is their leader.
  • Mike "Shoot the Gays With Tesla Rays" Pence (Governor of Indiana 2013-2017, "Vice" President 2017-present): Sure, he'd appoint Falwell Jr. to the Supreme Court and be a scourge on humanity, but if Trump were to quit or be impeached, Pence would be a return to normalcy. Yes, folks, it has come to that!
  • Rick Perry (Governor of Texas 2000-15, Secretary of Energy 2017-present): Too smart for the Tea Party, ouch.[201] When Rick Perry is trying to talk you down from the ledge, something has gone seriously wrong somewhere.[202]
  • Katrina Pierson: She's behind scam PACs like Draft Gowdy for Speaker[203]—which is still up and running, in fact. Update: Come to think of it, she essentially disappeared after Kellyanne was hired. We've really missed her uniquely insightful commentary.[204][205]
  • Larry Pittman (Representative from North Carolina 2012-present): ABRADOLF LINCLER![206] Isn't this same dumbass who thought he could overrule SCOTUS on gay weddings, or are they just all starting to look alike?[207]
  • Joe the Plumber: Not really named Joe and not really a plumber, but asked Barack Obama some question at one of his events.
  • Tom Price (Representative from Georgia 2005-17, Chair of the House Budget Committee 2015-17, Secretary of Health and Human Services 2017-present): Insider trading: the illegal practice of trading on the stock exchange to one's own advantage through having access to confidential information.[208]
  • Marco Rubio (Senator from Florida 2011-present): Anthropologists have classified the species known as Suitis Emptius as an invertebrate.[209] He hails from the Tea Party movement, but Trump took that grassroots support away.
  • Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff 2017-present): Current chairman of the RNC. Colbert noted that if you remove the vowels from his name it spells RNC-BS.
  • Mark Sanford (Representative from South Carolina 2013-present): Once offered the unemployed only "prayer". In a better world, he'd be the one begging for a job, but Democrats aren't going to waste time on SC. Despite having copious resources, they lost by 10 points in 2013.
  • Michael Savage a.k.a. Michael Weiner: Mental infant.
  • Curt Schilling: A rich Tea Party moron from way back. (He Formerly played for the Red Sox). Schilling is running on a platform of Infowars-type propaganda. The hatred for him spread like wildfire from Massachusetts to Rhode Island after that game dev fiasco.[210] We will enjoy seeing Warren mop the floor with him.
  • Phyllis Schlafly: Chauvinist pigress.[211] Older than dirt: enthusiastic antifeminist who led the opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Gave birth to Andy through immaculate conception. Popped her clogs in 2016 — though, only after endorsing Trump. Allegedly spent her own funeral whispering — from the other side — into a ghostly string can telephone held pressed against his tiny, childlike ear.[212]
  • Jeff Sessions (Senator from Alabama 1997-present, U.S. Attorney General 2017-present): Somehow too racist to be confirmed in the 80s...[213] [214] ...and yet here we are in 2017. It definitely answers the question ("What do you have to lose?") Trump posed to the black community. Rabidly anti-marijuana, to boot. But those are exactly the types of people DuterteTrump used to become President. He needs bad hombres to point to.
  • Ben Shapiro: The Colbert Report is worse than blackface![215] At least this disaster of a human being isn't writing for Breitbart any more.
  • Tom "Drop Bombs Not Food" Tancredo: Ah, good 'ol Tom Tancredo. Ran for congress on a pledge of term limiting himself but broke it. Later ran for governor of Colorado and lost the primary, so he ran on the Constitution Party ticket. He just recently decided to register as an unaffiliated voter and wrote some op-Ed on Breitbart about the decision. The same man who says food stamps are the equivalent of "giving booze to an alcoholic" thinks the money would be better spent arming 100 million civilians to do battle with "Islamists" in the streets.[216]
  • Peter ThielWikipedia's W.svg: Godfather of the Paypal Mafia.[217] This guy got away with running a regulation-free international bank for years, which is how he made his fortune: freezing the assets of people gullible enough to trust him with their money. If you have a parody in your head about Silicon Valley political views, Thiel is basically that. Except less coherent.[218] If the alt-right ever figures out that Pete is a gay immigrant, they'll cut all ties with him. Or maybe not. The kaposWikipedia's W.svg were useful.[219]
  • Donald Trump (President 2017-present): God save the Queen, the fascist regime... What a sad, shitty world we live in where Trump is the conservative wing's only hope. A real non-conservative, bad-pansy-ass,[220] straight-talkin' liar man with small hands, orange skin and the world's most obvious combover is their only hope. But he's rich and hates woman and Mexicans, and that's enough to clinch a Presidential election! (Daughterfucker. Don't forget that he said if he had his way he'd be a daughterfucker.)
  • Richard Uihlein: Uihlein donates a lot of money to a lot of PACs, He has personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Walker Governor campaign in Wisconsin, and to Bruce Rauner in Illinois. Here's an article talking about his terrible campaign tactics, and general lack of humanity.[221] Some call him the Koch of Illinois.[222]
  • Maureen Tucker: Another Tea Party "celebrity".
  • Jon Voight: Flipped his lid a long time ago.[223] As long as he's coherent, Fox will continue to trot him out to rallies and feed him pre-digested slogans.
  • Scott Walker (Governor of Wisconsin 2011-present): The incomparable voice behind the classic Sixties hit for The Walker Brothers, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" He couldn't finish college, so now he's mad at educators. That, and his major donors include private/voucher school owners. His has got to be one of the worst Presidential campaigns ever; he's pretty much the Rick Perry of the 2016 cycle.
  • Joe Walsh (Representative from Illinois 2011-13): Saying nigger is OK,[224] but electing a black guy president? The most racist thing that has ever happened. Poor Joe Walsh...
  • Allen West (Representative from Florida 2011-13): "...I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus."
  • Meg Whitman: Goldman Sachs executive. Like Trump, Whitman was a billionaire who wanted to buy an office and spent something like $117 mil of her own money. (Why would anyone spend that much for a job that pays $206,500 unless there was some kind of corruption planned?) For anyone who wasn't paying attention to California politics, she lost a race for Governor in which she managed to accidentally endorse her opponent.[225] Arguably one for the record books. Bonus: Whitman also shares a link with Jeb!. Her campaign was run by Mike Murphy, who also ran Jeb's PAC, Right to Rise. He's very good at spending lots of money for minimal returns.
  • Joe Wilson (Representative from South Carolina 2001-present): "YOU LIE!"[226]

See also[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. Whoa now. The Nazis rose to power through distracting people from an unsustainable economic situation by invoking tensions against a racial minority while wearing snazzy outfits made by the actual person Hugo Boss. Cruz prefers Armani while Trump has his own suit line produced in Mexico. So it's crazy to try to compare them to the Nazis.

References[edit]

  1. From the 28th of October 2010.
  2. Matt A. Barreto et al. The Tea Party in the Age of Obama: Mainstream Conservatism or Out-Group Anxiety? Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 22, 2011.
  3. David Nather, "You go through a whole government shutdown so you can kill Obamacare dead, and all you get is a little more due diligence before people can get their subsidies?", Politico
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  5. Borowitz, Andy, "Teabaggers' New Cry: "Mrs. Obama, Hands Off Our Obesity", HuffPo (03/23/2010 04:44 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011).
  6. Schiavanza, Matt, "Why China Is Relieved the Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Over", The Atlantic 10.17.13.
  7. Tashman, Brian, "Tea Party Nation Tells Members It Is Time To 'Impeach And Arrest The Tyrant King Obama'", Right Wing Watch (6/5/2014 3:15 pm).
  8. Good, Chris, "Tea Party Nation: Progressives Are the 'Axis of Evil'", The Atlantic 10.26.10
  9. Pethokoukis, James, "The Tea Party's big idea to shrink government is a vacuous nothingburger", The Week' '2.19.15.
  10. Boyle, Matthew, "Tea Party Patriots To Congress: Hold The Line Against Paul Ryan, Elect Republican Speaker Who Doesn’t Back Amnesty", Breitbart 10.12.15.
  11. "Gun control is new focus for Tea Party activists", Associated Press (updated February 02, 2013 at 8:49 PM).
  12. "Fox News' 'War On Christmas' Returns (VIDEO)", HuffPo 11.28.12.
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  15. Mencimer, Stephanie, "The Tea Party vs. "Media Marxism", Mother Jones (Thu Apr. 7, 2011 9:46 AM EDT). Tea Party Patriot: "Net neutrality is an innocuous sounding term for what is really media Marxism."
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  18. Wagner, Kyle, "The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate", Deadspin (10/14/14 3:46pm).
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  21. "Scott Walker Suggests Wall on Canadian Border", Tea Party Nation.
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  27. Zeizler, Julian, "What the tea party cost the GOP", CNN, (Updated 12:16 PM ET, Tue December 18, 2012)
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  32. Patten, David A., "Norquist: Tea Party 'Infinitely' Important to GOP", Newsmax (Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 12:50 PM).
  33. Glenn Beck: measured by the University of I Don't Remember.
  34. Some guy whining about media coverage.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Size Matters; So do lies - fivethirtyeight.com
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  37. Brooks, "The Politics of Cowardice", NYT 1.27.17.
  38. Meyers, Jessica, "An American-Politics Junkie in China", The Atlantic 1.13.16.
  39. Tanenhaus, Sam, "The GOP Is Campaigning for George W. Bush’s Third Term", Bloomberg 5.19.15. "How do we contain ISIS?" "bombs lol" (also somehow tax cuts)
  40. "DR. BEN CARSON: NO 'PHILOSOPHICAL' OR 'RELIGIOUS' EXEMPTIONS FOR VACCINATIONS", Breitbart. Carson was criticized by the right-wing press for being strongly pro-vaccine, but unsurprisingly changed his tune once he started competing to be the loopiest candidate.
  41. Collinson, Steven, "Chris Christie sidesteps vaccine science", CNN (Updated 2/315 11:59 AM ET).
  42. Carly: "When you have highly communicable diseases where you have a vaccine that’s proven, like measles or mumps, then I think a parent can make that choice, but then I think a school district is well within their rights to say, 'I’m sorry, your child cannot then attend public school'." (Although, to her credit, she says that schools have a right to deny entry to unvaccinated children.)
  43. Trump: "Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!" Twitter, 28 Mar 2014.
  44. Hiltzik, Michael, "The worst idea in the presidential debate: a return to the gold standard", LA Times 12.31.15.
  45. Kalli Joy Gray, "Rand Paul Thought Of Banning Muslims First. How Come Trump Gets All The Credit?", Wonkette (12/8/15 4:30pm EST).
  46. Sneed, Tierney, "Ben Carson: Archaeologists Are Wrong, The Pyramids Were Built To Store Grain", Talking Points Memo 11.4.15. Hey man, play some Civ II and learn some history, fool! Everyone knows that building the pyramids provides a free granary in every city.
  47. Everett, Burgess, "Trump: Shut Down the Government to Defund Planned Parenthood", Politico 8.4.15.
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  56. They're not even trying to be coy about it anymore.
  57. Michael Wines and Lizette Alvarez, "Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Primacy, and G.O.P. Ties", 'New York Times 7.22.15. "Skull Helmets? Are We The Baddies?"
  58. Is The Tea Party Racist? Ask Some Actual, Out-Of-The-Closet Racists
  59. NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party
  60. Tax Day Tea Party Protest in Tulsa
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  65. CBS poll
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  69. "New Data: Tea Party is Authoritarian, Not Libertarian" Discover Magazine
  70. Glen Beck and Ron Paul - Fool me Once - NolanChart.com. April 12, 2009
  71. Which choice best represents your position on Libertarians and the Tea Parties? - LP.org. April 12, 2010
  72. "Arizona Tea Party Activists Say They're Back" NPR, 12 July 2012
  73. "Tea Partier On Lead Up To Iraq War: 'We Have To Trust Our Leaders' (VIDEO)" Tom Kludt, Talking Points Memo. 19 March 2013
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  75. "Glenn Beck apologizes to libertarians, begs them to welcome new people into the movement"
  76. The Cause of Freedom
  77. "House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps" Ron Nixon, The New York Times. 19 September 2013
  78. "The Tea Party and the Drug War" Jeffery A. Miron, National Review Online. 7 June 2010
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  80. "The Relationship between Libertarians, the Tea Party and the Christian Right", Public Religion Research Institute
  81. PRRI poll via NPR
  82. Pew Poll
  83. U of W poll via HuffPo
  84. Video of Koch Tea Party link
  85. Tea Party Leader Launches Political Outfit - Wall Street Journal Blogs. February 5, 2010.
  86. Health Insurers Donate Millions to Tea Party Caucus, and to Republicans Who Pledge to Reverse Health Reform
  87. Health industry bolts Dems for GOP
  88. Major Health Insurance Company Urges Employees To Attend Tea Parties
  89. Letter sent to staff by United Health Group
  90. Tea Party Patriots' website
  91. Tea Party Nation's website
  92. National Tea Party Convention website
  93. Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention - New York Times January 25, 2010
  94. The Death of the Tea Parties? Not So Fast... - Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.
  95. Website. A particularly lulz worthy group due to the fact the Boston Tea Party occurred in 1773.
  96. 9/12 Project mission statement
  97. Our Principles & Values
  98. A million or more rock Washington - WorldNetDaily. September 12, 2009.
  99. Fox News Newspaper Ad Makes False Claims About Tea Party Coverage - Huffington Post. September 18, 2009.
  100. Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video - Huffington Post. September 19, 2009.
  101. Patriots' newest target: Obama 'Minion Media' - WorldNetDaily. September 16, 2009.
  102. Obama's 'Minion Media' to face fed-up Americans - WorldNetDaily. September 28, 2009.
  103. Protesters target media: 'Can you hear us now?' - WorldNetDaily. October 17, 2009.
  104. House Republicans Commemorate 9/12 March With House Resolution - Huffington Post. October 27, 2009.
  105. Understanding Power (2002)
  106. Lawrence Rosenthal, The Tea Party, the government shutdown, and Obamacare The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, 15 October 2013.
  107. Biased as all hell from MSNBC, but the introductory commentary says it all
  108. Huffington post vidcap of Fox News
  109. Not a Game, the board game.
  110. Anderson Cooper adds one more stupid joke.
  111. Shuster, quoted at the Huffington Post
  112. The Coffee Party USA website
  113. James Monroe, 4 March 1817
  114. Owen, Sue, "Greg Abbott says he has sued Obama administration 25 times", Politifact (5/10/13 at 5:14 p.m.). TEXAS WILL SUE!! TEXAS WILL SUE!! TEXAS WILL SUE!!
  115. Hennessy-Fiske, Molly, "LGBT divide grows as 11 states sue feds over transgender bathroom rule", LA Times (5-25-16 at 9:02 pm.). That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works. The U.S. government issued an opinion. You can't sue.
  116. Walshe, Sushannah, "Dick Armey Defends His $8 Million Deal to Leave FreedomWorks", ABC 12.29.12.
  117. Markon, Jerry, "Trump Homeland Security candidates include GOP lawmakers and, less likely, a sheriff", WaPo 11.11.16.
  118. Stern, Ray, "Source: Sheriff Arpaio was Prepared to Resign If He'd Won Re-Election", Phoenix New Times (11/21/16 at 10:13 a.m.).
  119. Blain, Glenn, "Soup is not so good for Rob Astorino in new Democratic attack ad", NY Daily News (September 29, 2014, 4:28 PM)
  120. Shapiro, Ben, "The Breitbart alt-right just took over the GOP" WaPo 8.18.16.
  121. Costa, Robert, "Lou Barletta, an immigration hard-liner in Congress, endorses Trump", WaPo 3.22.16.
  122. DeKok, David, "Pennsylvania city must pay $1.4 mln legal fees in immigration fight", Reuters (10/7/15 at 3:37pm EDT).
  123. Jay Newton-Small and Katy Steinmetz, "Eight More Deep Thoughts from Rep. Joe Barton", TIME 6.18.10. Gas is a finite resource? Yeah, well, SO'S YOUR MOM we're running out of wind, too!]] Wind is constantly replenished by sunlight, dingus.
  124. Goldenberg, Suzanna, "Texas Congressman Cites Noah's Ark As Evidence Against Climate Change", Mother Jones (Fri Apr. 12, 2013 5:00 AM EDT).
  125. Sarlin, Benjy, "Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin caught backing cockfighting", MSNBC (04/25/14 10:51 AM—Updated 05/03/14 04:03 PM).
  126. Tashman, Brian, "Pat Boone Blames Charleston Shooting On Obama", Right Wing Watch (6/25/15 at 11:40 am).
  127. Haraldsson, Hrafnkell, " Pat Boone Wants Blasphemy Laws to Punish Saturday Night Live", Politicus USA (4/23/16 at 2:59pm).
  128. Molly Redden and David Corn, "David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the "Common" Good", Mother Jones (Wed Jun. 11, 2014 10:50 AM EDT). Brat: "My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost?" This guy is every smug, Econ 101 student rolled into one.
  129. "Jan Brewer signs 'life begins at menstruation' bill, the most draconian anti-abortion law so far", Daily Kos (Friday Apr 13, 2012 · 6:42 AM PST).
  130. "Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Legislation Permitting Employers to Interrogate Female Employees About Contraception Use [Updated again"], Raw Story (12 May 2012 at 19:20 ET).
  131. Phillips, Amber "Why Rand Paul should back away from Cliven Bundy. Now.", WaPo 7..1.15.
  132. Caldwell, Patrick, "Liz Cheney Heartlessly Disowns Her Sister on National TV", Mother Jones (11/18/13 8:41 AM EST). Can you imagine how hard it must have been to be a lesbian growing up with this lot?
  133. Vielmetti, Bruce, "Sheriff Clarke urges residents to arm themselves with guns", 1.25.13.
  134. Duffy, Nick, "Trump’s latest Cabinet candidate called Orlando massacre a ‘distraction’ and mocked transgender ‘freaks'", Pink News (11/30/16 at 2:14 PM).
  135. Smith, Allan, "David Clarke tells 'DeploraBall' crowd the only time he'd reach 'across the aisle' to Democrats 'is to grab one of them by the throat'", Business Insider (1/20/17 at 6:40 PM).
  136. Bice, Daniel, "Medical examiner 'threatened' by Clarke over jail deaths", Journal Sentinel (Updated 12/2/16 at 9:01 a.m.).
  137. Popkey, Dan, "Idaho tea party candidate Collett skewered for having 10 children on Medicaid (update)", Idaho Statesman 10.17.13.
  138. MacNichol, Glynnis, "Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan: Swine Flu Part Of Obama Conspiracy", Mediate (10/29/09 at 2:06 pm). When people like this stub their toe or hit their head, they probably blame "SJWs."
  139. Lartley, Jamiles, "Billy Corgan compares 'social justice warriors' to the KKK", The Guardian (Wednesday 20 April 2016 12.30 EDT).
  140. Eror, Aleks, "This Man Has Proof That Obama Is Gay", Vice (10/11/12 at 12:00am).
  141. Emery, Jr., C. Eugene, "Rep. Costa says drug testing for welfare recipients will save money for Rhode Island", Politifact (Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.).
  142. Capehart, Jonathan, "Tom Cotton picked apart by Army general over ‘mutinous’ Iran letter", WaPo 3.13.15.
  143. Hurst, Evan, "Sen. Tom Cotton So Glad America Chose Him To Usurp Tyrant King Barack Obama", Wonkette (4/5/16 at 12:40pm).
  144. The Real Ann Coulter Revealed
  145. Bouie, Jamelle, "Ken Cuccinelli Making Bad Candidate History in Virginia", Daily Beast (10.29.13 2:15 AM ET).
  146. Eliana Johnson and Nancy Cook, "The real reason Jim DeMint got the boot", Politico (Updated 2 May 2017 PM EDT). Is anyone keeping a fucking body count here?
  147. Shakir, Faiz, "DeMint: Businesses Tell Me ‘The Best Thing’ Would Be ‘Complete Gridlock’", ThinkProgress (Sep 16, 2010 8:35 pm).
  148. Shipps, Jeremy, "Tennessee Republican who pressured mistress to have abortion votes to restrict them for other women", Raw Story (5/15/15 at 11:05 ET).
  149. Ferguson, David, "Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help", Raw Story (17 Oct 2014 at 10:52 ET).
  150. Hiltzick, Michael, "The public spotlight might not prove to be Ernst's best friend", L.A. Times (1/23/15, 1:05 pm).
  151. Johnson, Charles, "World Net Daily Publisher Joseph Farah: God’s Angry at Obama, So He Sent Tornadoes - Far right End Times paranoia", Little Green Footballs (5/28/11 12:58:40 pm).
  152. Tashman, Brian, "Joseph Farah: Mitt Romney Is Worse Than Satan", Right Wing Watch (10/21/10 t 3:38 pm).
  153. Rindels, Michelle, "Vegas assemblywoman blames employee for tax liens", Associated Press 12.16.14. No wonder she wants to kick the federales out.
  154. Peele, Stanton, "Carly Fiorina Loves Addiction Treatment, But Hates Drug Legalization", The Fix 9.29.15.
  155. Hurst, Evan, "Did Carly Fiorina Run Hewlett-Packard Into The Ground, Or Did SEXISM Do It?", Wonkette (April 30, 2015 - 11:40am). Oh, fuck right off.
  156. Hellman, Jessie, "New Yorker profile: Flynn broke 'stupid' rules during Army career", The Hill (11/24/16 01:16 PM EST).
  157. Concha, Joe, "Michael Flynn Jr.: 'The disinformation campaign against my father won'", The Hill (02/14/17 09:48 AM EST).
  158. Moss, Richard A., "Why back-channels with Russia cost Michael Flynn his job", WaPo (2/14/17 at 8:29 AM
  159. Tashman, Brian, "Rep. Trent Franks Calls Marriage Equality A “Threat To The Nation’s Survival”, Right Wing Watch (10/28/11 at 11:40 am).
  160. Blake, Aaron, "GOP congressman says nuclear bomb could be smuggled in a ‘bale of marijuana.’ Don’t laugh too hard", WaPo (2/22/17 at 10:54pm).
  161. England, Charlotte, "Donald Trump 'appoints Islamophobic conspiracy theorist to transition team'", 'Independent.
  162. Gaffney, "Huma’s Inconvenient Facts", Center for Security Policy 7.30.13.
  163. Garcia, Arturo, "Twitter conservatives furious at ‘RINO’ Nikki Haley for supporting Confederate flag’s removal", Raw Story (23 Jun 2015 at 05:11 ET).
  164. Roney, Luke, "Senate Candidate Sends Voters to an Anime Porn Site", Newser. (6/12/16 at 5:02 PM CDT)
  165. Ryan, Erin Gloria, "Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity Is Not the Only Religion", Jezebel (7/06/12 11:00am).
  166. Borchers, Callum, "Breitbart headline labels Bill Kristol a ‘renegade Jew’ for opposing Donald Trump", WaPo5.16.16.
  167. "The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle", SPLC 6.7.11.
  168. Hensch, Mark, "Toby Keith to perform men-only concert in Saudi Arabia amid Trump trip", The Hill (18 May 2017, 1:04 PM EDT).
  169. Rynard, Pat, "Is That… Yep, Steve King Has A Confederate Flag On His Desk", Iowa Starting Line 6.10.16.
  170. Aronsen, Gavin, "Steve King Met with Leaders of Trump-Friendly Austrian Party with Nazi Roots", Iowan Informer 12.23.16.
  171. Beauchamp, Zack, "Rep. Steve King is hanging out with the German far right and tweeting racist buzzwords",Vox (Updated 9/26/16 at 5:00pm EDT).
  172. Reeve, Lesbeth, "Steve King Wants to Protect the Border from Cantaloupe-Sized Calves", The Atlantic 6.23.13.
  173. Duffy, Nick, "Republican Steve King: Evidence for gay parenting could be fake, like global warming research", Pink News (9/16/16, at 2:28 PM). King is the same idiot who believed the Obergefell v. Hodges makes it legal to "marry your lawn mower."
  174. Barr, Alice, "Fort Worth Lawmaker Wants to Ban "No-Fault" Divorce", NCDFW.
  175. Binelli, Mark, [http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-great-kansas-tea-party-disaster-20141023 "The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster" 23 October 2014.
  176. Giles, Chris, " Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer hails Trump’s tax policy - Former Ronald Reagan acolyte says cuts will lead to economic ‘nirvana’", FT 7 December 2017.
  177. This whole thing is dripping with crazy.
  178. Letter of Resignation Sent By Bush to Rifle Association, via NYT 5.11.95.
  179. Morretto, Mario, "LePage: I’ll veto every Democratic bill until Legislature agrees to kill income tax", Bangor Daily News (Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 | Last update: 10:24 a.m.).
  180. Stone, Matthew, "Labor mural unveiled at new home, the Maine State Museum in Augusta", BDN (Posted Jan. 14, 2013, at 10:04 a.m. | Last modified Jan. 14, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.).
  181. Bendery, Jeffrey, "Maine Gov. LePage, Who Vetoed Medicaid Expansion, Wants To 'Find A Way' To Help Uninsured", HuffPo (10/21/2014 10:43 pm ET | Updated Oct 22, 2014).
  182. Mark Levin Sounds Like Master Shake.
  183. Blue, Miranda, "Mark Levin: Religious Right Voters Are Centrists Because They're Not As Extreme As Neo-Confederates", Right Wing Watch (Saturday, 9/27/2014 10:32 am.)
  184. Boehlmert, Eric, "Right-wing civil war: Bloggers admit AM nut Mark Levin can't tell the truth", Media Matters (September 16, 2010 8:50 AM EDT).
  185. Bennett, Abbie, "McCrory talks Trump, House Bill 2 on CNN", New Observer (1/16/17 at 11:58 AM).
  186. Woodbury, Adalia, " Inspired By Donald Trump, Republican Governor Refuses to Concede Defeat", Politicus USA (11/10/16 at 8:54 pm).
  187. Graham, David A., "North Carolina's 'Legislative Coup' Is Over, and Republicans Won", Atlantic 12.16.16.
  188. Halbfinger, David B., One year after electing tea Party candidate, one of Americas wealthiest counties goes broke., NYT 10.10.10. He's a dumbass for not cutting spending while cutting taxes. That's what libertarians propose - less government. Not just less taxes. He didn't even follow the Tea Party platform, he just took the worst parts of two major ideologies and jammed them together.
  189. Parker, Kolten, "South Texas Senate hopeful slammed for racial slur", My San Antonio (Updated 2/21/14 11:00 pm).
  190. Proud Boys Initiation Ritual.
  191. Smith, Morgan, "Sid Miller: Complaints Over Rodeo, "Jesus Shot" are Harassment", Texas Tribune (4/13/16 at 2:30 AM).
  192. Bernier, Nathan, "Sid Miller Defends Fake News on His Facebook Page: 'I'm Not a News Source' (Updated)", KUT 90.5 12.12.16.
  193. Parker, Kolten, "Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller compares snakes to refugees, likes 'dead ones won't bite' comment", My San Antonio (Updated 11/19/15 at 2:27 pm.)
  194. Fechter, Joshua, "The 18 craziest tweets by Robert Morrow, newly elected chairman of Travis County Republican Party (that we can publish, at least)", MySA (Updated 3/3/16, 1:10 pm).
  195. Adams, Paige, "Cathie Adams (Tea Party): Grover Norquist 'Showing Signs Of Converting To Islam' Because He Has A Beard", HuffPo (06/01/2013 03:35 pm ET). ZZ Top must be mullahs.
  196. Celock, John, "Birther Thrifty Car: Buffalo Rental Cars Sport 'Vote For The American' Bumper Stickers", HuffPo (10/26/2012 03:52 pm ET | Updated Oct 26, 2012).
  197. Murphy, Tim, "Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command", Mother Jones (21 October 2014, 6:30 AM).
  198. Ura, Alexa, "Bathroom Fears Flush Houston Discrimination Ordinance", Texas Tribune (3 November 2015, 7:08 PM).
  199. Watch Texas Senator Dan Patrick Snipe And Holler His Way Through A Sex Ed Hearing
  200. Hamilton, Jessica, "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deletes "reap what you sow" tweet after mass shooting at LGBT club", Houston Chronicle (Updated 12 Junes 2016, 1:37 pm).
  201. Nuzzi, Olivia, "Tea Party Unloads on 'Complete Imbecile' Rick Perry", The Daily Beast (09.04.14 2:45 AM ET).
  202. Hall, Colby, "Rick Perry Taken Aback By Audience Cheering Hypothetical Death Of Uninsured Man", Mediate (9/13/11 3:55 pm).
  203. Caruso, Jay, "Bogus Tea Party Groups Continue To Try And Rip People Off", RedState(16, October 2015, 8:10 pm).
  204. Man, remember the patriotism we all felt when Obama got up on the rubble of the World Trade Center and shouted, "I hear you!" (Poor Biden, though, having to go to that undisclosed location in case there were further attacks.)
  205. Allon, Janet, "Here are the 12 craziest things about Trump's spokeswoman, Texas Tea Partier Katrina Pierson", Raw Story 1.6.16.
  206. Billman, ,Jeffrey C., "N.C. Representative Larry Pittman Calls Abraham Lincoln the “Same Sort (of) Tyrant” as Hitler and We Are Not Even Making That Up", Indy Week (4/12/17 at 3:19 PM).
  207. Plemmons, Jeff, "Ford, Pittman and Speciale: Ban gay marriage, U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t apply in N.C. ", Independent Tribune 4.12.17.
  208. Arnsdorf, Isaac, "Price had the power to sell his healthcare stock", Politico (18 January 2017, 11:03 PM EST).
  209. Everett, Burgess, "Rubio to back Tillerson, effectively ensuring confirmation", Politico (Updated 01/23/17 11:15 AM EST).
  210. "Rhode Island reaches $25.6M deal over Curt Schilling's failed video game company", Chicago Tribune (24 August 2016, 8:40am).
  211. Volsky, Igor, "Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands", ThinkProgress (4/15/14 11:30 am). My fellow Americans, I have the solution for our nation in these tough economic times! American families should earn half as much money, because white men are insecure about their sexuality.
  212. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-phyllis-schlafly-funeral-227994
  213. Herbert, J. Gerald, "Why I told the Senate that Jeff Sessions thought civil rights groups were 'un-American'", WaPo 11.22.16.
  214. McCann, Erin, "Coretta Scott King's 1986 Statement to the Senate About Jeff Sessions", NYT 2.8.17.
  215. Marshall, John, "Conservative is the New Black", Talking Points Memo (4/14/14, 5:15 PM EDT).
  216. Harris, Kyle, "Tancredo wants the U.S. to arm 100 million Americans to fight ‘Islamists’", Colorado Independent 12.8.15.
  217. Parrish, Charlie, "Meet The PayPal Mafia, The Richest Group Of Men In Silicon Valley", Business Insider via The Telegraph (9/20/14 at 9:47 AM).
  218. Naughton, John, "The only living Trump supporter in Silicon Valley", The Guardian (5/22/16, 3:59 EDT). If we hadn't given the vote to women, we would have SPACE COLONIES by now!.
  219. Piggot, Stephen, "PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Address White Nationalist-Friendly “Property and Freedom Society” Conference in September", Southern Poverty Law Center 6.9.16.
  220. Michael K., "Donald Trump Screamed For The FBI After A Drug Lord's Son Threatened Him On Twitter", 7.13.16.
  221. Anderson, Molly, "Uline CEO tarnishes family name with ugly Chicago political race", Mount Pleasant Patch (17 March 2014, 8:55 am ET).
  222. Merrion, Paul, "The Koch of conservative politics in Illinois: Uihlein", Chicago Business 28 September 2013.
  223. So, this happened.
  224. Kelley, Marty, "What Is Free Speech Even Coming To When Joe Walsh Can’t Say The N-Word On The Radio?", Wonkette (6/20/14 at 10:40am).
  225. "Why I Came to California" campaign ad. In 1970-whatever California was great! Now it's a shithole. I'll Make California Great Again! The problem was she was running against Jerry Brown who became Secretary of State that exact year.
  226. In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol, The New York Times