Tea Party leader labels Loughner a 'liberal lunatic' in memo

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 4:44pm

A Tea Party leader from Tennessee is urging conservatives to push back in the controversy over whether inflamed political rhetoric led to the shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona.

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, sent a memo to supporters calling the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, a “liberal lunatic.”

"The hard left is going to try and silence the Tea Party movement by blaming us for this,” he wrote, saying President Bill Clinton used the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to “blame conservative talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh.”

Phillips said “the tactic worked then, backing conservatives off and possibly helping to ensure a second Clinton term.”

He added, “The left is coming and will hit us hard on this. We need to push back harder with the simple truth. The shooter was a liberal lunatic. Emphasis on both words.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander, meanwhile, declined in a television interview to associate divisive politics with the shootings. Asked to comment on CNN on Sunday, Alexander said: “Of course, we want civility instead of incivility, and of course we don’t want violence. But I think in all the talk about this, we have to be very careful about impugning the motives or actions of a deranged individual to any particular group of Americans who have their own political beliefs.”

Of the alleged gunman, Alexander added, “What we know about this individual is that he read Karl Marx, he read Hitler. We know he was burning the American flag. That’s not the profile of the typical Tea Party member if that’s the inference being made.

“I think obviously, we’re much better off in our country if we peaceably assembly, treat each other with respect, show courtesy and condemn people who go over the line and particularly those who do it violently as this individual did yesterday.”

41 Comments on this post:

By: treefrogdk on 1/10/11 at 4:05

oh boy....... here we go....

By: shinestx on 1/10/11 at 4:15

CNN and MSNBC said he is a Right-wing Tea Partier...until they were proven totally wrong.

By: Nitzche on 1/10/11 at 4:17

the silence is DEAFENING!! Sad

By: treefrogdk on 1/10/11 at 4:22

proven how, exactly, shine?

By: shinestx on 1/10/11 at 4:50

Why are you lefties so dense? Is it because you interpret things that are never stated or don't believe things that are as obvious as the noses on your faces? Is it that your capacity to think is occluded by self-righteous emotionalism? Okay, that was unfair, as we know it's due to all of the above.

So let me be very clear... and use plain, simple language: Jared Loughner stated on his facebook profile that he loved the writings of Karl Marx (a forebear to today's American socialism in the Dem-wit party) and Adolf Hitler (leader of the Nationalist Socialist Party in Germany in the 1930s). He also stated his hatred for President George W. Bush and blamed him for the attacks of 9/11 (i.e. He is a truther). Likewise, he believed that big government was the solution for all the problems of humanity (his "protest" appears to have been a reaction against what he thought was the wrong way for government to address illegal immigration). He also created a "satanic" shrine in his backyard, consisting of models of human skulls. The point here is... and I'll have to write this very s-l-o-w-l-y for those who find it difficult to think on their feet... the point is that Jared Loughner does not fit (even remotely) the profile of a Tea Partier.

By: realtalkrob36 on 1/10/11 at 5:16

This is not the time to point fingers!! People have died!! A little girl, wanting to learn about politics. Hadn't even lived her life yet!!! However, this is the Tea Party's fault!!! All that rhetoric. Crosshairs and stuff. What for? What do they gain? They should be Federally Prosecuted along with Loughner!!!! Insinghting a riot, beckoing for a Civil War!!! Our Poor Children!! We need to fix this now!!!

By: realtalkrob36 on 1/10/11 at 5:21

Neednt speak slowly. We have eyes and ears and are capable of seeing and hearing the truth.. Do you watch the news. Do you hear what is really said or just what you want to hear. Twisting the truth, plain english. Last I checked. That is the problem with this Country, people spin thngs to hear what they want, kind of like selective hearing. Listen with your mind next time and maybe the "Beckster" is just a little Unstable too.

By: garrthom on 1/10/11 at 9:16

Until this guy comes out and says he supports a particular person or party lets lay off of trying to portray him belonging to one party or the other.

By: realtalkrob36 on 1/10/11 at 9:36

You are right garrthom I apologize for finger pointing at anyone. We should all band together as one sane party and forget about all of this political crap..
We are all HUMANS!!! People who live, and breathe, and exist in this World. And if we keep doing things to destroy it, there will be nothing left. Gas is $3.00 a gallon, in the middle of a recession for crying out loud. The unemployment rate is 9.4% . As a people, As HUMANS, we can change this. Change is what we voted for. Change is what we want. We should let it happen.. Give it a chance, it can't be any worse. I know of a time when people banded together, protested peacefully for what they beleved in. It happened then and it can happen now.
Humans died Saturday. For no good reason. How many more have to die before we as a people, us, yes you, do something about it. We are not a nation of unstable people. We fight for what we beleive in. We may not totally agree, but we work together, to accomplish many feats. Where is that UNITY today. In a time of war, while thousands are fighting for us, we too should fight for them, here at home. We can do it!!! Communicate, band together, agree to disagree, but save lives and protest for what we beleive in.
Have you ever seen a person die from desease? With no insurance? I have. Let it go People. This is our country. We can work together.

By: jboyce on 1/10/11 at 11:54

It is insane to do what the media is doing now, trying to tie the actions of this deranged person to any past activity of anyone. However, if one must point fingers, one can only say that he is a liberal lunatic, and that does not tie him to any liberal American.

By: Loner on 1/11/11 at 6:19

Question of the day: Was the Tucson shooter a left wing nutjob or a right wing nutjob?

The answer, according to Homeland Security is ....he's neither.

The shooter is an "anti-Semite", according to the gurus at HS. . That should put the matter to rest....neither political party has to accept any blame or responsibility; "anti-Semitism" itself is the scapegoat here. The far right and the far left are "off the hook" on this one, according to Homeland Security.

Rep. Giffords is Jewish, as was her slain aide, Mr. Zimmerman.... therefore, according to HS logic, this is an act of anti-Semitic terrorism.

I suppose that blaming this despicable act on an "anti-Semite" is the next best thing to having an Arab pull the trigger; if an Arab had done this, we would all know who to blame...the media would have directed us as to whom we should hate.....the "Jihadis", of course.

Now, we can all hate the "anti-Semites" among us....hate breeds hate.

Holy Wars Suck.

By: Loner on 1/11/11 at 7:26

The question remains, is this the beginning of a general descent into more rancor and political violence, or will the voices of cool reason prevail?

I have been tuning in to the various right-wing media outlets, they are not at all penitent, but incensed over the accusations that their vicious demagoguery may have somehow been a factor in the Tucson massacre. No visible or audible remorse.

The right-wingers are circling their wagons around Ms. Palin et al.; they blame this on a "Liberal Lunatic"....as if catchy alliteration and punditry will help to shift the blame to the Left.

The left-wingers may have to counter that catchy phrase with one of their own, in order to properly identify the Tucson shooter. I suggest: "Re-loading Rightie", and/or "Pistol-Packin' Palinist".

But seriously, this should be a time for national healing, not more divisive name-calling. It's time to cool it.

By: Ex Civil on 1/11/11 at 7:36

How would he know any better than the talking heads? He may only be paranoid, which is sad. It is condition that can be summed up by "Just because you are paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you!"

By: jes716 on 1/11/11 at 7:37

As usual, Lamar Alexander plays to the crowd that he needs to keep him in the Senate. He has never taken a stand on any issue; he straddles the fence. He is a true politician, who, when asked, "What is your position on this issue?" he responds with, "Some of my constituents are for this and some are against. My record shows that I always support the positions of my constituents." Way to go, Lamar! You once again have said much without saying anything. I would think that you would condemn this type of act without taking up for some of the fanatics who have put our country in such a devisive state.

By: yogiman on 1/11/11 at 7:39

Why is this man being called the "alleged gunman" when he was seen firing the shots and captured on site to stop the firings? Is he still to be considered innocent until proven guilty?

By: budlight on 1/11/11 at 8:13

Yogiman, right as usual. And this guy just wanted to kill. He didn't select anyone except the Congresswoman -- for who knows what reason cause he is not talking. After she was shot, he just fired at random. He's nuts and probably just plain anti-government, Republican or Democrat -- and anti social.

Hope he never gets out. Politics should not make someone kill. And does not, unless they were going to kill ANYWAY.

By: treefrogdk on 1/11/11 at 8:45

ok... good morning, shine. why the sarcastic condescending attitude? except for the fact that it's rather typical of .... oops, i won't stoop there.
i still don't see the proof. just intimations and innuendo. what difference does it make, anyway, whether this a$$hole murderer leans left or right? a$$holes are a$$holes. murderers are murderers. the fact that he MAY have been influenced by ms. palin's gunsite graphic on her website means nothing other than the fact that, if it's true, and only he knows that, she can share some of the blame. same as karl marx can share some if his writings contributed.
shoot i'm just babbling. can't wait to read the rest. and i totally agree with yogi. how is it that he's the "alleged" shooter??

By: AmyLiorate on 1/11/11 at 8:52

Hey, Realtalk, while your prosecuting people for talk - don't forget about our beloved president!

Obama: “If they Bring a Knife, We Bring a Gun”

Obama: “Argue with neighbors, Get in Their Faces!”

Obama: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

Obama’s White House Deputy Chief: “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,”

Obama: “We talk to these folks…so I know whose A** to kick.“

Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean, “hand to hand combat”

Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”

Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight"

By: HokeyPokey on 1/11/11 at 8:57

@amy we've all seen the list, many times.

You really needn't have wasted the electrons to copy it over there and paste it over here.

Also, it's meaningless.


By: AmyLiorate on 1/11/11 at 8:57

All of this has become foolish. People are trying to pick the political leanings of a madman. Next they'll find polarizing words in their alphabet soup. Campbell's is a right wing propaganda machine "My soup had three letter K's", no they're a left wing one "My soup spelled out "gay".

I'm offering a 10% discount on tinfoil hats today. Any takers?

By: HighlyAnnoyed on 1/11/11 at 9:04

So, Alexandar is stating that the typical Tea Party member is not well read. LOL. We already knew that. Anyone that wants Palin as their spokesperson can't be too bright.

By: neverender on 1/11/11 at 9:06

how can he be a "liberal lunatic" if he is burning flags? would that not make him an anarchist and therefore not for any party?

By: treefrogdk on 1/11/11 at 9:08

and just out of curiosity.....

shine, "CNN and MSNBC said he is a Right-wing Tea Partier...until they were proven totally wrong."

me, "proven how, exactly, shine?"

shine, "Why are you lefties so dense?"

how can he tell whether or not i'm a "leftie"? can someone clue me?

By: trtay2004 on 1/11/11 at 9:13

Why would the Tennessee Tea Party representative come out calling him a 'liberal' lunatic? Same ole functions of the Tea Party. Keep it up and let's see how many more lunatics follow the direction of this misguided group.

By: brrrrk on 1/11/11 at 9:42

What this article fails to point out is that the very same email that Judson Phillips sent out in defense of the Tea Party's position also had a link on it for a site that allowed for contributions. They essentially used the events of this weekend for the purpose of fund raising.

By: HowardJones on 1/11/11 at 9:46

We must UNITE as a Nation. The divisive nonsense has to cease. If we continue on this path this young Nation will die from within. This country can learn from her mistakes of die because of them. We are like children urging on fights. The end result is simple. We ALL fail. I plead and pray that we grow up. Be honest and UNITE. Stop the childish name-calling Blame-game. Together Everyone Accomplishes More... Stop the Killing. (Verbal, Emotional and Physical). Be Responsible.

By: brrrrk on 1/11/11 at 10:02

Bottom line, each year over 30,000 people in this country die by gun..... over 200,000 are wounded, and this last weekend, 6 people gave the ultimate price for the "rights" uncompromising insistence for complete and unfettered gun ownership. Imagine how many fewer people would be dead today if the extended magazine that Loughner used (30 rounds, not even used by police departments) was still illegal. Where's the "rights" outrage for the individuals right to life for those that lost their lives in the name of unfettered gun ownership?

"Even supposing the chief good to be eventually the aim for the individual as for the state, that of the state is evidently of greater and more fundamental importance both to attain and to preserve. The securing of one individual's good is cause for rejoicing, but to secure the good of a nation or of a city-state is nobler and more divine." - Aristotle, The Aim of Man

By: brrrrk on 1/11/11 at 10:06

HowardJones said

"I plead and pray that we grow up. Be honest and UNITE. Stop the childish name-calling Blame-game. Together Everyone Accomplishes More... Stop the Killing. (Verbal, Emotional and Physical). Be Responsible."

I wholeheartedly agree.... and part of that needs to be a real and adult discussion about gun ownership (not gun rights, as they are two distinctly different issues) in this country.

By: Alphadog7 on 1/11/11 at 10:09

Most of the evidence points to this guy being mentally unfit. To me, that makes his political affiliation irrelevant because he is incapable of making rational decisions anyway.

Now for the people who want to use this incident for political posturing (especially without evidence), you are below the lowest dregs of humanity. Pure scum. Pathetic.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/11/11 at 10:30

Yeah, Judson Phillip putting a contribution link on his email wouldn't surprise me Brrrk.

You know he's a snake, I mean attorney. They're known to be like that. I agree that it's telling that he would point the finger at another group (left/right false dichotomy). Did anyone try to blame Dems or Reps for Charles Manson?

By: CitizensWin on 1/11/11 at 10:45

While the founder of the 'Tea Party Nation' is making political hay, six families in Arizona are making funeral arrangements. Guilty Dog, Judson Phillips. barks the loudest.

Tennesseans are going down the same sorry road as Arizona with gun laws that allow guns in bars. Next up, per the NRA, Rep. Todd Curry who claims 'Illegal Immigrants Will Multiply Like Rats' remains a dangerous shill for the NRA. It was just two years ago that Arizona voted for guns in bars. Sound familiar?

"The porous nature of the gun laws are even greater in Arizona, where the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, a gun rights champion, last year signed a law striking down a permit requirement for carrying a concealed weapon. Two years ago, she signed a law permitting guns to be carried into bars and restaurants that sell alcohol."

It's just a matter of time before Tennessee bans carry permits altogether because politicians like Todd are afraid of the NRA and a lot of other things, like pregnant mothers. It's pathetic.


By: Ingleweird on 1/11/11 at 10:49

Judson Phillips is an unabashed FOR-profit partisan. He is not a leader of ANYTHING but his own FOR-profit "Tea Party Nation Corporation." Is there a single "tea party" that is recognized officially by the state of TN? Google "tn tea party." You will find "Tennessee Tea Party," "Tea Party Patriots," "Middle Tennessee Tea Party," "TN Tea Party Coalition / Cooperative," etc. Which of these myriad choices is the Real Deal?

Please stop calling these guys "leaders." If they had leaders, they would have a unified hierarchy. They don't. It's as grassroots as Basil Marceaux.

By: Ingleweird on 1/11/11 at 10:53

...And as fractured as the USSR and the Balkans.

By: Alphadog7 on 1/11/11 at 11:05

Who is making political hay? Please. The Tea Party is responding to defend itself against backfired attempts from the left and now they're eating crow. The first accusations were clearly and predictably from the left.

By: serr8d on 1/11/11 at 11:25

This madman Loughner is just that: an inexplicably deranged nutcase who marched to his own imaginary drums. BUT, we've seen and heard many lefty - progressive sorts take advantage of these shootings, blood libel, to leap at the opportunity to blame anyone they oppose; and in the case of Pima County Sheriff Dupnick, to shift the blame from his department. Dupnik's department stifled two cases against this nutter because his family is employed in Pima County Government (Democrat); thereby allowing Loughner to illegally buy a gun. So, sure, to cover his a$$ Dupnik gets on the air as quickly as possible and pushes red herrings.

Yes, we are in an era of political vitriol. Because the two sides, Left and Right, are now diametrically opposed: the Right wants to preserve the rule of Law and the Constitution; the Left desires to CHANGE this Republic to an EuroSocialist model, and is doing so using a Moocher - Looter symbiosis to attract their uneducated voters to the ballot box. Democrats promise new programs and entitlements using Other People's Money to attract their voters. Ben Franklin warned that as soon as people learned how to vote themselves monies from the Treasury, the Republic was finished. Democrats are guilty of that.

A damned shamed they of the Left have to use blood libel to advance their stalled agenda.

By: pswindle on 1/11/11 at 12:10

What a short memory we have. Can anyone remember about last summer when all the Tea-Partiers had their guns and signs at the healthcare rallies? If I remember correctly, we had some Congressmen spat upon. I remember signs of President Obama as Hiller and other signs with all kinds of threatening pictures and words. Fox News, Beck, and Rush never stopped degrading our President. This is one thing that can not be passed to the democrats. The GOP stood by silently and never condemed the Tea-party. Spin is spin, but the truth cannot be denied.

By: shinestx on 1/11/11 at 5:15

Seems like there is a lot of leftist energy and attention focused on Beck and Rush. Could that be because Messers Beck and Limbaugh are a real threat to the leftist regressives? We all know that the left runs the media, entertainment and academia as their glaring bias attests. So perhaps they have decided that Fox and Rush need to be taken out. Hmmmmm Guess I'll have to stay home from work one day and watch their shows.

And personally, I don't mind at all stating the political ramifications of the Arizona shootings because the left started this fight, and conservatives will not let those attacks go unchallenged (this isn't 10-15 years ago when conservatives kept their mouths shut and just took the lies and slander). You see, because the left Dem-wits (starting with Sheriff Clarence "Stupid" Dupnik D-Pima County) started this flamethrowing, and they will not get away with it. Oh, and let's not overlook "Her Thighness" Hillary Clinton, who said yesterday that Loughner is an "extremist" (Gee, I wonder what kind of "extremist" she had in mind. As if it's not obvious). Oh, no.... let's all "tone down the rhetoric, okay!" Not when the conservatives have been made the scapegoat by a concerted effort of the key leftists in media. Won't work anymore!

They say the best endorsement of something is the calibre of its enemies (in this case, those who have expressed their hatred for Beck, Limbaugh, et.al.) Ooops, don't want to incite any more lefty loons, like the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee did in 2004 with its bullseye target imagery on its map of "winnable districts". But Ms. Palin is all to blame for her crosshairs. Why is that? Is that because conservatives don't get incited by such imagery? And let's not forget the fundraising effort by 21st Century Democrats who are using the Arizona shootings for their own benefit. Oh, and just to be fair and balanced (I know the lefties hate that), let's make sure we mention that Moveon.Org (a major supporter of far-left causes and the Dem-wit Party) physically assaulting Rand Paul supporters last fall, and the extremist left New Black Panthers who beat up a black conservative Roy Blunt campaigner last year... or the NBP thugs who stood outside a polling place and intimidated voters with a club in the '08 election. Oh, let's just forget this whole "Sarah Palin pulled the trigger nonsense. Shall we?". So you want to shut up your opposition now that your leftist leaders have been exposed as lying opportunists? Nonsense!

By: HokeyPokey on 1/11/11 at 5:59

@ brrrrk BINGO!!!! It's all about raising money.

By: HokeyPokey on 1/11/11 at 6:00

@pswindle "I remember signs of President Obama as Hiller "

Ah-HAH! THAT explains the Hiller Plumbing and Heating studio at 997 Dubya Tea Inn!


By: HokeyPokey on 1/11/11 at 6:01

No, Shine, it's the joos that run the medias, where you been at, boy?


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