Tea partiers flocked to Capitol Hill this weekend to protest the health care bill. However, there were reports of racist and homophobic epithets being directed at Democratic lawmakers. We know that some of these reports were fabricated but it is hard to believe that there aren’t a few bad apples. The tea party movement has been largely labeled from the left as fringe, racists who hate President Obama because he is African-American. Tea party organizers must distance themselves and the movement from these individuals if they hope to sustain the momentum they have gained over the past year.
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