When accused of bigotry tea partiers tend to point to the nearest token minority and then claim that the charge is manufactured by a liberal-socialist media smear campaign. Fair enough, as far as that goes. There are minorities in the Tea Party, although they make up a smaller percentage of tea partiers than they do the general population. And, as anyone who’s watched Fox News knows, media coverage can be incredibly biased.
So, I thought I’d take a dive into the world of tea partiers and their fellow travelers in Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Project via social media. I wanted to see what tea partiers said in their own words. What I was found on the surface was largely a mixture of patriotism, frustration, naïveté, and confusion. However, I didn’t have to dig too deeply to find an undercurrent of bigotry and violence. I have collected some of the highlights of that undercurrent below.
Here’s what Jennifer Grey, posting on the American Tea Party Facebook Page, thinks about Jews:
Jennifer Grey does it again, posting this time on the National Tea Party Facebook Page:
Here’s what Shelly Adams, posting on the 9-12 Project — Ohio Chapter Facebook page, thinks of Jews:
And here’s Anne Miller posting her views on Jews and Obama on the American Tea Party Facebook Page:
Here’s some Tea Party Patriots discussing torture on their Facebook page:
Note that the part that crosses the line is the slurs, not the torture.
Speaking of ragheads, here’s Kelly Scherer’s view on them posted on the 9-12 Project’s Facebook Page, along with some supportive comments:
Here’s Glen Spicer advocating violence and mocking Islam on Twitter:
Here’s what a Tea Party Patriot wrote on the group’s blog about Muslims:
Here’s the infamous Mark Williams writing on Islam while he was still an active leader in the Tea Party Express:
Here’s TeaPartyLeader tweeting on lying Muslims and Obama:
Here’s Art Roth, getting four likes, for advocating killing Muslims on the Armed Forces Tea Party page:
Sonny Thomas offers a similar solution to dealing with illegal immigrants:
Shelly Adams offers an even more extreme solution to illegal immigration:
Meanwhile, back on the Armed Forces Tea Party page, Diane Adams uses humor to demean welfare recipients and immigrants, with some supportive comments:
Judson Phillips, on the Tea Party Nation blog, calls on people to vilify immigrants on the group’s forum:
Here are some Tea Party Patriots discussing disease-spreading illegal immigrants on their Facebook page:
To complement the desire among some tea partiers to use violence against Muslims and immigrants, some also threaten less specific violence.
Here’s Diane Adams again, getting eight likes, for posting a photo of a billboard advocating violent revolution on the Armed Forces Tea Party page:
And an official profile picture from the Armed Forces Tea Party reiterates Diane’s message:
Hatred against Jews, Muslims, immigrants, Obama, welfare recipients, and the democratic process, surely that must be everything. Scott Wheatley throws in a little bit of sexism by showing his views on Hillary Clinton and women in general with this post on the True Patriots Network Facebook Page:
And to top it all off we have Glenn Beck himself showing his support for white supremacy on Twitter (via Stop Glenn Beck):
There you have it tea partiers and their ilk in their own words.