Police fired shots outside the Capitol building today while Senate was in session, as reported by the New York Post. Once the smoke started to clear, some people on Twitter used the occasion to express their disappointment that nobody in the Tea Party was hurt.
Some of the tweets are too offensive to post.
President Obama may have set the tone for the vitriol with comments he and his allies have been making lately, including an offensive tweet from just today, where he lamented "Tea Party extremists," as reported by the Examiner.
Another interesting trend seems to be "fake" Twitter followers sending messages derisive of the Tea Party. Who is responsible for this trend? One can only speculate, but it is not a stretch to consider that the fake tweets were orchestrated through President Obama's tax exempt advocacy group, Organizing for Action.
Tweets like the one below are common and can be easily found with a simple search on Twitter:
— Dakota Hoska (@bh2821) October 3, 2013
The fake users typically have only a few, if any, followers. They also tend to have only a few tweets. They follow celebrities and often have the "egg" avatar.
Some of the messages from actual Twitter followers are particularly vile.
Here are some examples:
http://t.co/Qg5RIoZscQ The bad news: shots fired at U.S. Capitol Building. The worse news: No Tea Party members were hit
— Brody Fletcher (@BrodyFletcher) October 3, 2013
— mundz (@therealmundzy) October 3, 2013
— Shaun Jenkins (@shaunj_07) October 3, 2013
With the President and his allies referring to the American citizens in the Tea Party as "extremists," it really is no surprise that some citizens are spewing hatred in their direction, despite the fact that they have done nothing to deserve such vitriol.
A compilation of name-calling aimed at the Tea Party can be found at Liberty Unyielding.
Is it any surprise that the Tea Party was targeted by the IRS?