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Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Srah Palin to Osama bin Laden.
Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Srah Palin to Osama bin Laden.
Mike Dickinson via Daily Kos

On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash."

"The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed.

"Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to threats of violence and war to solve differences rather than reason and logic," he added, providing no evidence to back up his offensive and false claim.

"Tea part (sic) and Al-Qaeda: both want to inject fervent extreme religious beliefs into government and law (sic)," he said in another tweet.

Dickinson wasn't finished, however, and falsely claimed that people in the Tea Party are stupid and uneducated.

"It's a fact- the more educated you are the more liberal you are. Most tea party conservatives have only or less then high school degrees," he said, again providing no evidence for his claim.

Dickinson's claim also runs counter to the results of a study conducted by Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale.

Kahan initially set out to prove that members of the Tea Party are, as Dickinson claims, uneducated, stupid rubes.

But Kahan found out otherwise, much to his surprise.

"Of course, I still subscribe to my various political and moral assessments--all very negative-- of what I understand the "Tea Party movement" to stand for. I just no longer assume that the people who happen to hold those values are less likely than people who share my political outlooks to have acquired the sorts of knowledge and dispositions that a decent science comprehension scale measures," he said.

Dickinson, apparently, didn't get the memo.

Nor, apparently, did he see the poll that shows less than half of his fellow Democrats know the Earth orbits the sun.

But Dickinson's campaign -- if one can actually call it that -- has consisted primarily of fact-free hateful messages vomited on Twitter at fairly regular intervals.

While his campaign of unhinged and obviously uninformed hate appeals to his fringe far-left wing base, it is highly unlikely to win him the seat.



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