Tea Party protesters have once again descended upon Washington, D.C., and this time, in addition to carrying their obnoxious, misspelled, and vaguely racist signs, they've decided to spout hateful epithets at passing lawmakers as well:
According to Rep. Andre Carson, the protesters "were shouting the N-word" as he and two fellow black legislators left the Cannon House Office Building earlier today. Sam Stein at the Huffington Post is also reporting that "a staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a 'ni—er.' And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a "faggot," as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams."
It kind of makes you question what Sarah Palin had to say about the "beautiful" Tea Party movement just last month, doesn't it?:
Opponents of this message, they are seeking to marginalize this movement. They want to paint us as ideologically extreme and the counterpoint to liberal intolerance and outrageous conspiracy theorists aimed at our own government and unethical shameless tactics like considering a candidate's children fair game.
But unlike the elitists who denounce this movement, they just don't want to hear the message. I've traveled across this great country and I've talked to the patriotic men and women who make up the Tea Party movement, and they are good and kind and selfless and they are deeply concerned about our country. And today I ask only this, let's make this movement a tribute to their good example and make it worthy of their hard work and their support.
I guess it's just "elitist" to expect citizens of the United States to protest peacefully, respectfully, and without resorting to racist, homophobic, childish, embarrassing, and completely unacceptable behavior, eh?
Black Members: Tea Partiers Used N-Word [Roll Call]
Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Faggot' Shouted At Members Of Congress [Huffington Post]
Sarah Palin Speaks At Tea Party Convention [CNN]