A conservative radio show host named Paul Watson attacked the WWE on Feb. 19 on the website infowars.com. In the column, he accused the WWE of attacking the Tea Party in the portrayal of heel Jack Swagger.
Swagger, a former world champion, made his return recently and began to show a more aggressive side to her personality. It has made him more interesting than ever before, and now the WWE has given him a manager in Zeb Colter, a legendary wrestler known better as Dirty Dutch Mantell.
Colter, who last appeared in the WWE as the manager to a young JBL in the '90s, has turned Swagger into a "real American" styled bad guy, with the tag line "don't tread on me." The two talk about the problems in America, specifically dealing with illegal immigrants costing true Americans money, jobs and rights.
Jerry "The King" Lawler made a joke during Swagger's recent appearance on "WWE Monday Night Raw," claiming that Swagger gets lots of "fan mail" from men like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Alex Jones. Those men have enough followers to send Twitter into a tailspin with people slamming the WWE for the angle.
Watson writes that the WWE is dragging the Tea Party specifically through the mud by showing opponents of "uncontrolled illegal immigration and constitutionalists as racist, extremist radicals who should be pushed to the fringes of the political discourse." He also points to the fact that Vince and Linda McMahon are "part of the Republican establishment" and are using their power to stomp on grass roots conservatives.
The entire angle is leading to a Wrestlemania match between Jack Swagger and Latino world champion Alberto Del Rio. Watson points out that WWE programming reaches 14 million Americans a week, 10-times more than "The O'Reilly Factor."
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