Ugly to compare tea party with terrorists
The cycle of incitement continued this week as Democrats frustrated with the debt-ceiling deal equated the tea party with terrorists, just weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
It is an ugly and unacceptable comparison, especially coming — as it did — on the heels of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ triumphant return to Congress after being shot in Tucson in January.
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The instinct to raise funds off fear-mongering was also deployed in record time, as GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann — no stranger herself to the politics of incitement — fired off an e-mail which read: “The Democrats have stooped to a new low. This afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden reportedly led a congressional meeting where tea party members were labeled as ‘terrorists.’ “
Sharron Angle: ‘Irresponsible’ to blame Tea Party
Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle is condemning what she calls “finger-pointing” at the small-government movement in the wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting.
Republican Sharron Angle defends the Tea Party movement.
Angle, a former Republican nominee for Senate, said in a statement that it is “irresponsible” to blame her, Sarah Palin or the Tea Party movement for the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people and left Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, fighting for her life.
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“Expanding the context of the attack to blame and to infringe upon the people’s constitutional liberties is both dangerous and ignorant,” Angle said.
Region’s tea party leaders say they’re shocked by Rep. Giffords shooting
Local tea party leaders said they are as saddened and shocked at the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as anyone else, and that any move by liberals to connect her tragedy to conservative politics is premature and inappropriate.
“We’re deeply, deeply grieved by what has happened,” said Sheryl Thomas, organizer of the Orange-Sullivan 912 Tea Party.
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“I was just as disheartened that the original rhetoric flying around was that it had something to do with the tea party, when, in my understanding, it had nothing at all to do with the tea party,” Thomas added.