On The View yesterday, the director of the Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer, claimed that using the term "teabagger" to refer to a member of the Tea Party, was just as bad as using the "N" word.Really? Really, Ms. Teabagger? The “N word” on the other hand, has the horror of hundreds of years of the oppression of black people behind it.
Not at ALL the same, lady, not even close.
Moreover, as Jay Nordlinger at National Review admits, the term "teabagger" was introduced to the political lexicon by Tea Party movement leaders:
The first big day for this movement was Tax Day, April 15. And organizers had a gimmick. They asked people to send a tea bag to the Oval Office. One of the exhortations was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” A protester was spotted with a sign saying, “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You.” So, conservatives started it: started with this terminology.
Ms. Kremer also claimed that the Tea Party was not about racism or Obama’s race. No, not at all. While there are far too many examples pointing to the truth being the complete reverse of her statements, one of my favorites is from Taeggan Goddard [emphasis mine]:
“These people could be anybody. I wouldn't put it past the Democrats to plant somebody there. They're trying to label the tea party, but I've never seen any racial slurs."
-- Dale Robertson, self-proclaimed founder of the Tea Party, quoted by the Washington Times.
The only problem? The Washington Independent caught Robertson at a Tea Party rally last month holding a sign with a racial slur.
FYI, Robertson also runs the website teaparty.org.
The image is from The Washington Independent, and depicts Dale Robertson with a racist sign.
PS Ms. Kremer….your pearls are very obviously cheap imitations, rather like the ideology you espouse.