Tea Party movement

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Tea Party movement

American political movement that advocates protection of the work of the founding fathers of the United States, reducing U.S. government spending and taxes.add

Category: Politics

Founded in 1971.

Countries: United States (83%), (9%), Utah (3%)

Main connections: Barack Obama, Tea Party in U.S. elections, Internal Revenue Service

Linked to: Boston Tea Party, Republican Party, Tea Party Patriots, New York Post

 

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1990

References to the Boston Tea Party were part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier add something

 

Tammy Bruce - Bruce's website describes her as a "gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, Tea Party Independent Conservative" who "worked on a number of Democratic campaigns in 1990s, including the 1992 Boxer and Feinstein senate races and the Clinton for President campaign" and "also has a history of supporting Republicans as well, including President Reagan, both Presidents Bush and, quite reluctantly, John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign


2001

By 2001, a custom had developed among some conservative activists of mailing tea bags to legislators and other officials as a symbolic act add something


2006

Using a pre-Tea Party poll in 2006 and going back to the same respondents in 2011, they found the supporters to be not "nonpartisan political neophytes" as often described, but largely "overwhelmingly partisan Republicans" who were politically active prior to the Tea Party add something


2008

Fox News commentator Juan Williams argues that the Tea Party movement emerged from the "ashes" of Ron Paul's 2008 presidential primary campaign add something


2009

Beginning in 2009, the Gadsden flag became widely used as a protest symbol by Tea Party protesters nationwide add something

 

Fox News called many of the protests in 2009 "FNC Tax Day Tea Parties" which it promoted on air and sent speakers to add something

 

Grant Barrett, co-host of the "A Way with Words" radio program, has listed "teabagger" as a 2009 buzzword meaning, "a derogatory name for attendees of Tea Parties, probably coined in allusion to a sexual practice" add something

 

In 2009, the major Tea Party protests were quoted twice as often as the National Equality March despite a much lower turnout add something

 

It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009 add something

 

Steve Katz (politician) - Around 2009, Katz and his family became active members of a local Tea Party, which sparked his political enthusiasm and made him decide to run for office

 

Public Religion Research Institute - Since its founding in 2009, PRRI has conducted a wide range of surveys, tracking American public opinion more broadly, while focusing on influential groups in society, like white evangelical Protestants, the Tea Party movement, and Millennials

 

On January 24, 2009, Trevor Leach, chairman of the Young Americans for Liberty in New York State organized a "Tea Party" to protest obesity taxes proposed by New York Governor David Paterson and call for fiscal responsibility on the part of the government add something

 

"New York Times" journalist Kate Zernike reported that leaders within the Tea Party credit Seattle blogger and conservative activist Keli Carender with organizing the first Tea Party in February 2009, although the term "Tea Party" was not used add something

 

PJ Media - PJTV has reported on the Tea Party movement since February 2009, including the Tax Day Tea Parties that have defined and shaped the movement

 

Carender held a second protest on February 27, 2009, reporting "We more than doubled our attendance at this one add something

 

Soon, the "Nationwide Chicago Tea Party" protest was coordinated across over 40 different cities for February 27, 2009, thus establishing the first national modern Tea Party protest add something

 

In an April 2009 "New York Times" opinion column, contributor Paul Krugman wrote that "the tea parties don't represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment add something

 

He stated that he developed the concept of creating a grassroots call for reform prior to the April 15, 2009, Tax Day Tea Party rallies add something

 

On April 29, 2009, Obama commented on the Tea Party protests during a townhall meeting in Arnold, Missouri: "Let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we're going to stabilize Social Security add something

 

Zawistowski's group applied for tax-exempt status in July 2009, but it wasn't granted until December 2012, one month after the election add something

 

Chip Cravaack - He was inspired to run for Congress by a suggestion from a talk radio show host that voters demand town hall meetings with their congressmen during the health care bill Tea Party movement protests of August 2009.

 

Jon Stewart - In November 2009, Stewart called out Fox News for using some footage from a previous Tea Party rally during a report on a more recent rally, making the latter event appear more highly attended than it actually was


2010

According to Susan Page and Naomi Jagoda of "USA Today" in 2010, the Tea Party was more "a frustrated state of mind" than "a classic political movement" add something

 

Aside from rallies, some groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement began to focus on getting out the vote and ground game efforts on behalf of candidates supportive of their agenda starting in the 2010 elections add something

 

Candidates in the 2010 elections who signed the Contract from America included Utah's Mike Lee, Nevada's Sharron Angle, Sen. Coburn , and Sen. DeMint add something

 

In 2010, a Tea Party protest was covered 59 times more than the US Social Forum despite an attendance that was 25 times smaller in size add something

 

Tea Party activities have declined since 2010 add something

 

The 2010 midterm elections demonstrated considerable skepticism within the Tea Party movement with respect to the dangers and the reality of global warming add something

 

Eric Cantor - Cantor said in 2010 that he worked with the Tea Party movement in his district.

 

Joe Miller (Alaska politician) - During the election, Miller ran on the Tea Party platform of reduced taxes and government, opposition to abortion, repeal of the health care law passed by the Democrats in 2010, and restriction of federal earmarks for local projects

 

Herman Cain - In 2010, "Cain addressed more than 40 Tea Party rallies, hit all the early presidential states, and became a YouTube sensation

 

John McCain - In early 2010, a primary challenge from radio talk show host and former U.S. Congressman J. D. Hayworth materialized in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Arizona and drew support from some but not all elements of the Tea Party movement

 

Modern Whig Party - In the spring of 2010, "Time" magazine rated the Modern Whig Party, the U.S. Marijuana Party, the Pirate Party, the Tea Party movement, and the American Secessionists as among the "top 10 most popular alternative political movements worldwide"

 

Jeff Landry - Landry participated in 2010 in Louisiana Tea Party movement rallies and carries the endorsement of that organization.

 

Jay Dardenne - Stephanie Grace offered an explanation for Dardenne's emphasis on national political themes as an accommodation to "Tea Party forces" in the backdrop of their having worked to defeat Hunt Downer, a veteran officeholder upset by a newcomer, Jeff Landry, in Louisiana's 3rd congressional district 2010 Republican primary

 

Alvin Brown (politician) - The win was considered a major upset in light of the momentum gained by the Republican Party and the conservative Tea Party movement in the 2010 elections, and a significant victory for the Florida Democratic Party

 

The Second Revolution flag gained national attention on January 19, 2010 add something

 

Pierre Poujade - In February 2010, "New York Times" commentator Robert Zaretsky compared the American Tea Party movement with Poujadism

 

Reform Party of the United States of America - In February 2010, former Reform Party Chairman Pat Choate emerged to discuss the appeal of the Tea Party movement, contrasting it with Ross Perot's party, saying: "The difference with the Tea Party is it's been heavily pushed by a bunch of talk-show conservatives

 

Tom Perriello - In March 2010, a propane gas line at Perriello's brother's home was cut, after the brother's address was mistakenly listed on a Tea Party website as the congressman's

 

On March 22, 2010, in what the New York Times called "potentially the most dangerous of many acts of violence and threats against supporters of the bill," a Lynchburg, Virginia Tea Party organizer and the Danville, Virginia Tea Party Chairman both posted the home address of Representative Tom Perriello's brother on their websites, and encouraged readers to "drop by" to express their anger against Representative Perriello's vote in favor of the healthcare bill add something

 

In April 2010, responding to a question from the media watchdog group Media Matters posed the previous week, Rupert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corporation, which owns Fox News, said, "I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party add something

 

Duncan D. Hunter - At an April 2010 Tea Party movement rally in Ramona, California, Hunter advocated for the deportation of United States citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.

 

Ron Johnson (Wisconsin politician) - Johnson appeared in Madison, Wisconsin , Wisconsin, at the Tea Party rally for Tax Day, April 15, 2010

 

Sarah Palin stated during a June 2010 interview with Katie Couric that focused on foreign policy, "I see the United States as being a force for good in the world add something

 

MSNBC - In June 2010, a documentary airing on MSNBC and hosted by Chris Matthews called "Rise of the New Right" drew significant criticism from conservatives and the Tea Party movement

 

In July 2010, Bachmann formed the Tea Party Congressional Caucus; An article in "Politico" reported that many Tea Party activists were skeptical of the caucus, seeing it as an effort by the Republican Party to hijack the movement add something

 

In early July 2010, the North Iowa Tea Party posted a billboard showing a photo of Adolf Hitler with the heading "National Socialism", one of Barack Obama with the heading "Democrat Socialism", and one of Vladimir Lenin with the heading "Marxist Socialism", all three marked with the word "change" and the statement "Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive" add something

 

PJ Media - In August 2010, PJ Media launched a tracking poll to study the Tea Party movement in depth

 

In an August 30, 2010, article in "The New Yorker", Jane Mayer said that the billionaire brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch and Koch Industries are providing financial and organizational support to the Tea Party movement through Americans for Prosperity, which David founded add something

 

Sharron Angle - In September 2010, Angle told a group of Tea Party supporters that "Sharia law" had taken over the cities of Dearborn, Michigan, and "Frankford, Texas", and that these locations represented a "militant terrorist situation

 

On September 20, 2010, at a townhall discussion sponsored by CNBC, Obama said healthy skepticism about government and spending was good, but it was not enough to just say "Get control of spending", and he challenged the Tea Party movement to get specific about how they would cut government debt and spending: "And so the challenge, I think, for the Tea Party movement is to identify specifically what would you do add something

 

In October 2010, a survey conducted by "The Washington Post" found that the majority of local Tea Party organizers consider the media coverage of their groups to be fair add something

 

Maureen Tucker - In October 2010, British newspaper "The Guardian" discovered a personal page for a Maureen Tucker on The Tea Party Patriots official website, wherein it was stated, "I have come to believe that Obama's plan is to destroy America from within

 

Andrew Cuomo - In the November 2, 2010, general election, Cuomo faced Republican Carl Paladino, a Buffalo-based businessman who had been heavily supported by the Tea Party movement


2011

Walter Russell Mead analyzes the foreign policy views of the Tea Party movement in a 2011 essay published in "Foreign Affairs" add something

 

Michael F. Doyle - During the debate over the debt ceiling in 2011, Doyle said about Tea Party Republicans, "We have negotiated with terrorists.

 

Ed Markey - In 2011 Markey criticized Republicans and Tea Party members of scientific illiteracy, saying "Rick Perry and these other guys are allergic to science.

 

These figures remained stable through January 2011, but public opinion changed by August 2011 add something

 

Stephen King - On March 8, 2011, King spoke at a political rally in Sarasota aimed against Governor Rick Scott , voicing his opposition to the Tea Party movement

 

Kathy Griffin - On March 15, 2011, Griffin had a guest-starring role on "Glee" in the episode "Original Song" as a Regionals competition judge, "Twitterer and former Tea Party candidate" Tammy Jean Albertson

 

Morgan Freeman - Freeman sparked an outcry in September 2011 when, on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, he accused the Tea Party movement of racism.

 

In November 2011, the "New York Times" cited opinion polls showing that support for the Tea Party had "fallen sharply even in places considered Tea Party strongholds add something


2012

Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, called on the Obama Administration to apologize to these groups for "harassment by the IRS in 2012," and "ensure this never happens again add something

 

The Tea Party is opposed to the bailouts and stimulus packages, and since the 2012 elections, many local Tea Party factions have shifted their focus to state nullification of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and protesting the United Nations Agenda 21 add something

 

The tea party's involvement in the 2012 GOP presidential primaries was minimal, owing to divisions over whom to endorse as well as lack of enthusiasm for all the candidates add something

 

Which is not to say the 2012 GOP ticket hasn't had an influence on the Tea Party: following the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, the "New York Times" declared that the once fringe of the conservative coalition, Tea Party lawmakers are now "indisputably at the core of the modern Republican Party add something

 

Nan Hayworth - Democrats made her a top target in the 2012 election, highlighting her support from the Tea Party in a moderate district

 

Rodney Frelinghuysen - During his 2012 election, when charged with claims that he had aligned himself with the staunchly conservative Tea Party movement and "toes the line of Republican leadership", he insisted that he is still a moderate

 

In the January/February 2012 issue of "Foreign Affairs", Francis Fukuyama stated the Tea Party is supporting "politicians who serve the interests of precisely those financiers and corporate elites they claim to despise" and inequality while comparing and contrasting it with the occupy movement add something

 

Occupy movement - In the January/February 2012 issue, Francis Fukuyama argued that the Occupy movement was not as influential as the right-wing Tea Party movement

 

Testifying before Congress in March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman denied that the groups were being targeted based on their political views add something

 

Paul Ryan - In August 2012 after Romney chose him as his running mate, the Associated Press published a story saying that while the Tea Party movement had wanted a nominee other than Romney, it had gotten "one of its ideological heroes" in the Vice Presidential slot


2013

Doc Hastings - Hastings is not affiliated with the Tea Party movement and voted against most members of his party to reopen the government and end the United States federal government shutdown of 2013

 

Tea Party Community - In January 2013, Crow accused Facebook of intentionally targeting conservative members for censorship and described the new site as "a new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America", which could help to facilitate "the organizational process" of the movement

 

Rand Paul - He delivered the Tea Party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on February 13, 2013, while Marco Rubio gave the official Republican response

 

In May 2013, the Associated Press and "The New York Times" reported that the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately "flagged" Tea Party groups and other conservative groups for review of their applications for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election add something

 

On June 9, 2013, Congressman Elijah Cummings released portions of an interview transcript wherein an anonymous IRS manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told Congressional investigators that it was he who had initiated the targeted reviews, without any involvement from the White House, and that the extra scrutiny was not politically motivated, but instead was intended to help organize IRS filings add something

 

Alan Grayson - In October 2013, his campaign sent out a fundraising email that compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan


2014

Thad Cochran - In 2014, Cochran faced a challenge from Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel

 

Pete Sessions - In the 2014 Republican primary, Sessions defeated conservative Katrina Pierson, an African American and a favorite of the Tea Party movement

 

Joe Walsh (Illinois politician) - Walsh said that Modi had quite a successful track record of fiscal responsibility, described him as kind of like a Tea Party free market guy in India, which I found very appealing" and noted that has been recognized across the world for establishing Gujarat as the most business-friendly state in India and is widely believed to be a serious contender for the 2014 election for Indian Prime Minister

 

A February 2014 article from Forbes.com reported about the past few years, "Nationally, there is no question that negative views of the Tea Party have risen add something

 

Tea Party members rallied at the U.S. Capitol on February 27, 2014; their demonstrations celebrated the fifth anniversary of the movement coming together add something

 

A May 2014 "Kansas City Star" article remarked about the Tea Party movement post-2012, "Tea party candidates are often inexperienced and sometimes underfunded add something

 

In June 2014, Tea Party favorite Dave Brat unseated the sitting GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor add something

 

In November 2014, Tim Scott became the first black US senator from the south since the reconstruction era add something


2015

Tea Party in U.S. elections - National Tea Party movement co-founder and leader Michael Johns endorsed Trump immediately following Trump's June 2015 announcement of his candidacy and defended Trump throughout the contentious Republican primary

 

After a two year investigation, the Justice Department announced in October 2015 that "We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution add something


2016

By the time of the 2016 election cycle, the Tea Party was viewed as dead or in decline add something

 

Tea Party in U.S. elections - The 2016 Republican presidential primary featured three U.S. Senators, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, whose elections to the U.S. Senate were broadly attributed to Tea Party movement support

 

Tea Party in U.S. elections - The ultimate winner of the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump, praised the U.S. Tea Party movement throughout his 2016 campaign

 

Jim Geraghty of the conservative "National Review" wrote in January 2016 that the movement was "marginal compared to the heights of its power in 2009 and 2010 add something


2017

Some conservative public officials and commentators such as columnist Ramesh Ponnuru have criticized these views as completely unrealistic with the chances of overriding a Presidential veto being slim, with Ponnuru stating that "If you have in 2017 a Republican government add something


2019

By 2019, it was reported that the conservative wing of the Republican Party "has basically shed the tea party moniker" add something