They were confronted by a man who called a protesters "racist" for an "Impeach Obama" sign.
In the video posted on Facebook, one of the protesters tried to explain that the rally had nothing to do with the President's race. Further, he said, "it is not just him, it is the whole government."
The man confronting the group asked why they were not protesting George W. Bush, and one of the protesters replied, "He is not the president anymore," and said, "it is his fault, too." He continued, "It's not about white, black, Democrats, Republicans..." pointing out that the group also protested Republican governor Tom Corbett. He said, "It's about the issues..."
The angry man was not convinced, and used a racist term himself, calling one of the protesters a "cracker," to which the protester held his ground by saying,
"You called me a cracker? What if I used the 'N-word'? How would you feel?"
The Examiner spoke with Steve Piotrowski, co-founder (along with his sister-in-law, Jackie Piotrowski) of the patriot group, "Citizens for Liberty." He described the vitriol,
"I was yelled at, called a racist by a dozen people, had someone step outside of their car and throw a bottle at me, and I almost got into a fight, but I kept my cool."
He said that the confrontational man caught on camera was frightening, because "he kept talking about how we would get shot if we did this in the 'hood.'" He also said that he "blames" Piotrowski for slavery.
Despite the vitriol, Piotrowski said,
"Liberty or Death for me... I am not going to back down because someone is ignorant. I will stand up for freedom at all costs..."
Aside from the naysayers, Piotrowski reported a very positive response from the vast majority of passers-by. He estimated enthusiastic responses from about eight out of ten people.
This is not the first time the members of Citizens for Liberty were falsely accused of being racist. The Examiner reported earlier this month that while the group was protesting Hillary Clinton, they reached out to join forces with another group of protesters who were against a military strike on Syria, but were rebuffed.
"They asked who we were associated with and I told them some were Independents, Tea Party, and Libertarian. She [one of the protesters] said that we were racists....I tried advocating that we should come together as a people on principled issues like Syria, but she refused to talk to me anymore and said she could never do that."
"Citizens for Liberty" is described by Piotrowski as the Tea Party 2.0. The participants are generally young adults, but all ages are welcome. To join the group or start a chapter, go to the "Citizens for Liberty" Facebook page or check out their website.