Tea Party Leader: Liberalism Has “Killed a Billion” People

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Yesterday I reported that Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation group now touring Wisconsin to support the six GOP state senators facing recall elections on Tuesday, compared Wisconsinites who protested Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi storm troopers. The day before, Phillips claimed Democrats in Wisconsin wanted to “break the back of conservatives in Wisconsin” with the recalls.

But at an event on Saturday, Phillips amped up the vitriol and hate even more. As Politico reports, Phillips told a north Milwaukee crowd that “the left” and its beliefs have “killed a billion people in the last century.” Here is Phillips’ complete statement: “I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me.”

Phillips wasn’t the only one spewing this stuff. From Politico:

Vince Schmuki, a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group compared the recall effort to a terrorist attack.

“This is ground zero,” said Schmuki. “You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked.”

He continued, “Tuesday is going to be the beginning of our takeover. And we’re going to follow it up the following week and then we’re going to polish off the enemy in November 2012. Who’s with me?”

I’m at a Tea Party Express rally in North Fond du Lac right now, so stay tuned for more fireworks this afternoon.

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