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October 24th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Tea Party & Right-Wing Extremists

An article in the November issue of Essence magazine presents disturbing evidence that white supremacists view the Tea Party as a potential platform to spread their message to a wider audience. CNN's Don Lemon talks with the magazine's editor-in-chief, Angela Burt-Murray, and CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis, who has traveled extensively with the Tea Party.


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  1. Marcus W.

    I'm not surprised in the least.

    October 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  2. bob

    Your headline indicates something that does not exist. In your on air segment, it was stated that every time a situation came up, the tea party leadership (whether national or local) did NOT let the extremist put their ideas forward.. As much as the liberals try to make this movement about racism, it is not. The people who claimed a Sen. or Rep. was spit upon at the capital have never come up with any video evidence (I'm sure they filmed it). If it happened, it would show the culprit and whether he/she was a tea party person or a plant.

    Also, in a segment after that, the field person was commenting on the election season and made an inaccurate statement. He said Republicans did not bring any ideas to the table in the past year. Just because Pelosi and Reid would not allow their ideas to be debated does not mean they did not have any.

    October 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  3. Jimmy Bludso

    I have credible reason to believe that the Tea Party and Republican businessmen, and women, have restricted hiring for their respective businesses during 2009-2-10 specifically to use Nevada's high unemployment rate as a diabolical and unjust tactic to defeat Senator Harry Reid.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  4. Jennifer Norris

    Hate is not an American family value.
    Homophobia = Terrorism.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  5. Messi

    McCain has intruduced something even he himself is afraid of. The Tea Party has been planning this for someime. But as Americans I mean really really true Americans how do you side with a political Co-deate. Unity in this country i pray one day we get to see.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  6. Mikey

    The Tea party is nothing more than right wing repubs repackaged and funded by anything but grass roots organizations(Koch Bros,Dick Armey,Supreme Court Justices,) and promoted and sold to you by Fox Opinion News Network.Jim Demint sending busses around the US,with people dressed like Ben Franklin,are trying to influence elections, buying air time and using misleading ads to discredit the Democrats in that state.
    Just the way our forefathers wanted it.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  7. Thomas Fanning

    I don't think the tea party is a cover for hate groups but do see some of activities that took place during the health care demonstrations outside the capital building as being hateful. Some say members of congress as they entered the capitol building were spit upon and heckled and some right wing conservative folks question if that ever happened.

    I was paying more attention to 2 members of congress standing on the balcony of the capital building with a picture of the Speaker of the House of Representative pretending to slap her face while the tea party folks cheered. Could you imagine that same thing happening with Tip O'Neil or Newt Gingrich????

    October 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  8. Sue

    Thank you Don Lemon, Essence, and CNN. We need more reporting like this. It also confirms the NAACP's claims without those left or right making it a political agenda. Violence is violence and needs to be quelled before it starts.

    October 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  9. Jim Carroll

    Anyone who thinks that voting for a republican will solve their economic problems has their head screwed on backward!
    Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution could solve all of America's economic problems and balance the budget.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  10. DVA

    The Tea Party/Republicans (joined at the hip) even though they claim not to be, however, the hate speeches from the Tea Party people and the Republican candidates are surprisingly similar and can be traced to the "talking points on Fox and radio show host Limbaugh and the likes of Glenn Beck, etc. It seems that these people can ridicule and display racist slogans and pictures of the President and are not taken to task and asked to stop either by party leaders or the media, yet I recall what happened to the Dixie Chicks when they utilized their "free speech" with a song. They were crucified by the Bush Administration and suffered financially and career wise. When did dumb and bullying become the American Way?????

    October 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  11. Beverly travers

    Com' on Don. how could you say you question about meek being asked to drop out of the has nothing to do with race when the first thing you said was "black man." I am an African American democrat who strongly have faith in my party of choice, however, I am shaking in my boots about the fact that Rubio may win the senate seat. I Believe Meek should bow out graciously and support Crist. Roland nor Sharpton lives in Florida, they are on the outside looking in. Crist is a good person who gave up trying to please the unpleasable Republican Party to go where he would be appreciated- in the middle or with the DEMS.

    October 31, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  12. GJ Robert

    Don and CNN:

    This is sad but most people will not see what a great President Barrack Oboma has been until he is out of office. This is because of the long term decision he has made and the long term steps he has taken. No a tea party or a republican bash.... he has done an outstanding job ....Sad but if he had been white many of the comments we have heard today or since his short time in office would never have been made. Stand firm Mr President. Thank you CNN for covering and reporting the truth.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  13. Mike Ali

    The silent Obama majority will rise-up again comes Tuesday and score an astounding disappointment to the fanatically racist Tea party screamers

    November 1, 2010 at 12:19 am |