Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress

Abusive, derogatory and even racist behavior directed at House
Democrats by Tea Party protesters on Saturday left several lawmakers in

Preceding the president’s speech to a gathering of House Democrats,
thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the
passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive
heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office
building were subjected to epithets and even mild physical abuse.

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. Frank, approached in
the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.

But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed
such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South
Carolina in the 1960s.

"It was absolutely shocking to me," Clyburn said, in response to a
question from the Huffington Post. "Last Monday, this past Monday, I
stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty
years ago as of last Monday… I led the first demonstrations in South
Carolina, the sit ins… And quite frankly I heard some things today I
have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have
not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off
the back of the bus."


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