Barney Frank | Health | News

Video: Teabaggers Heckle 'Faggot' Barney Frank at U.S. Capitol

Barney

UPDATED

Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Barney Frank, and Rep. John Lewis were among the congressmen verbally attacked by marauding gangs of teabaggers at the U.S. Capitol today, TPM reports:

Frank "As our Brian Beutler reports, a few moments ago in the Longworth office building, a group swarmed a very calm looking Henry Waxman, as he got on the elevator, with shouts of 'Kill the bill!' 'You liar! You crook!' Not long before, Rep. Barney Frank got an uglier version of the treatment. Just after Frank rounded a corner to leave the building, an older protestor yelled 'Barney, you faggot.' The surrounding crowd of protestors then erupted in laughter. At one point, Capitol police officer threatened to throw a group of protestors out of the building but that only seemed to inflame them more; and apparently none were ejected."

Also, The Hill reports: "Frank, an openly gay lawmaker, had to call the Captiol Police “to move away” five or six protesters who were banging on his office door and shouting through the mail slot...While making the trek across the street from his office to the Capitol, Frank was called a 'Homo Communist' and told to 'go homo to Massachusetts' by several protesters, according to witnesses and confirmed by Frank...Frank, a longtime advocate for lesbian and gay rights, called it 'unfortunate' that people protesting in the Tea Party event took to spewing 'bigoted, abusive, personal things' at him and some African-American members. 'If this was a movement that I was part of, I’d be doing more than I think the Republicans are, to differentiate myself,' Frank said in an interview with The Hill that afternoon."

While outside the Capitol:

"Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) claimed Saturday that healthcare protesters at the Capitol directed racial epithets at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as he walked outside. Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus along with Lewis, told The Hill that protesters called Lewis the N-word."

They're also threatening gun violence if health care reform isn't stopped.

Make sure not to miss the teabagger circus video I posted yesterday. Just a few of the ignorant numbskulls responsible.

Watch ABC News' report on the racist, homophobic teabaggers, AFTER THE JUMP...

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. I just hope healthcare reform passes and these people get their come upends.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Mar 20, 2010 5:55:10 PM


  2. Wow, classy! Too bad none of the comments were recorded - would have loved to see them blasted over the airwaves so America could see the hatred that Fox News and their ilk cultivate.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 20, 2010 6:34:54 PM


  3. Not surprising, when the Republican leadership dares to publicly threaten their fellow Congressmen by promising them defeat in November and telling them that they would hold up and take hostage any nominations the President may offer them. To me, this behavior is childish and illustrates the very reason why the Republican Establishment should to be thrown out of Congress.

    To these people, stop wasting your time and go read the actual legislation:

    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h4872rh.txt.pdf

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 20, 2010 6:39:33 PM


  4. Tea Party people want reduced government, less spending, and liberty -- you know, the founding principles of the USA. One crank shouting a homophobic remark is not representative of all Tea Party folk.

    But if you're going to be critical, shine a light on the Dems too. You don't think there are homophobes in your ranks? Even Obama himself opposes gay marriage because of his fake, cynically adopted religion, and he's one of the kindlier ones.

    I just wonder what song you'll be singing when the Dems are tossed out of Congress in November. I'll be listening, when I'm not celebrating...

    Posted by: Fred | Mar 20, 2010 7:02:52 PM


  5. @Fred

    Yes there are fair minded people within the Tea Party. The fact that they excluded Same Sex Marriage from their Contract For America (http://www.thecontract.org/) says a lot about their political philosophy. But the Tea Party has been hijacked and used by elected Republicans who have forged a nexus between their base of Social Conservatives and Tea Parties. To us, it is hard to distinguish between the two, when they are in bed with one another.

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 20, 2010 7:21:09 PM


  6. I've only seen Barney Frank a couple of times. Once in Boston, he was coming out of the Fairmount Copley Hotel and a annual lesbian march was coming by, he ducked back in the hotel so they wouldn't see him and said, "that was close". The other was at the Boat Slip in Provincetown. He was sitting fully clothed by the pool and leering over his Boston Globe all afternoon at the young boys. He never stood up for gay marriage in Massachusetts when it was being debated. Instead he said it was, "not the right time". He's said repeatedly it wasn't time to repeal DADT. He had no knowledge of the brothel/prostitution occurring under his roof. As a gay Massachusetts resident my whole life, I don't feel like he represents me at all.

    Posted by: Name: | Mar 20, 2010 7:27:08 PM


  7. "Tea Party people want reduced government, less spending, and liberty -- you know, the founding principles of the USA."

    Reduced government? Where were they eight years ago? Less spending? Where were they when the Bush Administration was racking up trillions of dollars of debt? More liberty? Where were they nine years ago, when government became far more intrusive and pervasive then at any other time since the 1950s?

    "One crank shouting a homophobic remark is not representative of all Tea Party folk."

    No, simply the vast, vast majority of them.

    The Tea Party is a fringe movement filled with right-wing extremists.

    "I just wonder what song you'll be singing when the Dems are tossed out of Congress in November. I'll be listening, when I'm not celebrating..."

    Yes, let's all celebrate as a cowardly Congress is replaced by one that completely and unequivocally opposes equal rights for gays and will do everything in its power to roll back the ones you do have. What a happy day!

    Honestly, I don't know what's more depressing. Closet cases who are so psychologically tormented that they don't miss a beat when obstructing gay rights, or openly gay conservatives, who cheerfully stand beside people who would throw them in a cell if given the opportunity.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 20, 2010 7:34:12 PM


  8. And I'd love to know what socialist overlord Obama has actually done to curb liberty. Because I'm starting to think 'socialist' has become teabagger code for 'uppity.'

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 20, 2010 7:39:02 PM


  9. @Rafael The fact that they excluded Same Sex Marriage from their Contract For America<<

    That was a strategic move to keep out social issues like marriage equality and abortion. Doesn't mean that many in their ranks aren't against these issues. However, their purpose is to be able to bring younger conservatives/libertarians who would object to these issues as part of the platform. Consequently, they side-stepped the religious right who are doing their best to get in bed with these folks.

    Just keep in mind, there are crazies, loons, homophobes and racists on BOTH sides of the isle; not to mention those with a vested interest in keeping the status quo.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 20, 2010 7:42:00 PM


  10. This is the real face of the teabagger movement. Olberman was right. No gays, blacks, asians, hispanics, and jews. And certainly not gays (for emphasis)... This is older white racists who can't get away with calling their president the 'n' word, so instead use reichian symbology, etc, to discredit him. Of course, they had to counter with their propaganda (it's a corporate/republican machine sponsored movement, largely) after olberman had made his statement proclaiming them racist shitbags with their TOKEN representatives in a cheesy youtube video. And this the very next day. Yes, you are going to get a few gay people, black people, etc in movements like these. There are, in fact, jewish neonazis, and even gay neonazis...hard to believe, but mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes. Look at clarence thomas and alan keyes for examples of tokenism with the republican party. But largely, these people are homophobic, sexist, deeply racist hate mongers who are rallying behind that "call to arms"...each time a teabagger or a bachmannite makes a comparison between stalin and obama, or hitler and obama, they're really saying "there's a dirty 'n' in the whitehouse! It's the white house after all...white...white...people like me!" They're degenerates scumbags and the intersection of oppression comes to head in all of their public appearances.

    If they even bother to counter this, they'll say something pathetic like, "there's always a few bad apples in a bunch..." Don't believe it, kids...they're all bad apples, and really fuckin' stupid.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 20, 2010 7:44:43 PM


  11. @Dawnell_do
    If you're going to use big words, learn them. The word is COMEUPPANCE.

    @Fred
    Yeah, real classy group -- same ones that surrounded a man with Parkinson's and threw dollar bills at him.

    Health Care reform protesters (include Fred, apparently) are just afraid of poor people (read black, Latinos, poor whites) getting more welfare. They don't care about the public good and never will. They all can go burn, for all I care.

    People will love this Health Care reform when they really find out what's in it.

    As Rafael said, read the bill!

    Posted by: WizardBoyW | Mar 20, 2010 7:51:25 PM


  12. "Just keep in mind, there are crazies, loons, homophobes and racists on BOTH sides of the isle; not to mention those with a vested interest in keeping the status quo."

    There's a lot more of them on one side of the aisle. Unfortunately, it's not the spineless side.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 20, 2010 7:51:44 PM


  13. The tea baggers are tying their own noose. Let them keep this up they'll poison their own cause with the wider caucus and with Americans at large. Their ugly side only makes us stronger.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 20, 2010 7:54:26 PM


  14. OMG. Well said, TANK!

    Posted by: New jersey girl | Mar 20, 2010 7:55:38 PM


  15. Racists masquerading as "patriots."

    The one trick pony that refuses to go away.

    Posted by: John | Mar 20, 2010 7:59:43 PM


  16. @zach Touche!

    Hopefully, if they can fracture the Repubs in the fall, our casualties won't be that bad. It sure would be nice if they tea-bagged Bonehead Boehner. With as much exposure he gets to UVA-radiation, you'd think he'd have cancer by now. Then again, what does he care, he's got a Cadillac insurance plan courtesy of the American taxpayer.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 20, 2010 8:11:37 PM


  17. Here is some good advice for the teabaggers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZBk267cxY haha

    Posted by: Chad | Mar 20, 2010 8:19:42 PM


  18. Doesn't shock me. Teabaggers are like a bunch of drunks at a bar.

    Posted by: Harry | Mar 20, 2010 8:23:54 PM


  19. "Hopefully, if they can fracture the Repubs in the fall, our casualties won't be that bad. It sure would be nice if they tea-bagged Bonehead Boehner"

    We'll have a better sense of casualties after the vote. If they can get health reform through, then they can at least run on accomplishing something. The lesson the Dems perpetually refuse to learn is that Americans respect winners. Every time they hesitate in fear, they lose votes. If they actually tried ramming things through, they wouldn't be worrying about losing control.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 20, 2010 8:26:49 PM


  20. " If they can get health reform through, then they can at least run on accomplishing something."

    Health Reform won't go into effect until Dec 26 of this year, even then its effects will be mitigated by all the triggers it is supposed to gradually (timely) meet. For the November elections, Democrats have to either define Republicans by their legislative ineffectiveness or engage in a massive educational campaign. The former seems to be a more feasible and direct strategy. Lets define them as "the party of No" and see how they run against that.

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 20, 2010 8:46:07 PM


  21. Teabaggers are subhuman savages. Scared little, ugly people who are shaking their arthritic fists in impotent rage. Let these animals have their tantrums.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Mar 20, 2010 8:49:02 PM


  22. It's only a matter of time until one of these mentally unstable idiots resorts to violence and the blood will be on the hands of Fox, Beck and all the other racist pigs who feed on this hate.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 20, 2010 9:21:35 PM


  23. If I were Frank and that guy called me a Faggot I would have kicked the shit out of him. Then told him I hope you have health insurance asswipe.....

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 20, 2010 9:51:51 PM


  24. Yes, they've certainly helped their cause. Gun toting anarchistic traitors and bigots. The gates of hell are wide open for them.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 20, 2010 10:27:26 PM


  25. This is the True face of Teabag: RACIST HOMOPHOBES

    Isn't it typical that their defenders post in here?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 20, 2010 10:53:38 PM


  26. 1 2 3 »

Post a comment







Trending


« «Paquita La Del Barrio Schedules 'Apology Event' at Gay Disco« «