Tucson Tea Party Leader Says Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Should Have Had Security At Tucson Event

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries
Reports that Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries is laying some of the blame for the shooting rampage on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seem outrageous.

But they are out there, and they stem from comments Humphries made to the British newspaper The Guardian.

He said that if Giffords felt so threatened by the dialed-up rhetoric, he questioned why she didn't hired for her public appearance.

But the thing is, she apparently didn't feel so threatened..

   
From the Guardian:

"The real case is that she [Giffords] had no security whatsoever at this event. So if she lived under a constant fear of being targeted, if she lived under this constant fear of this rhetoric and hatred that was seething, why would she attend an event in full view of the public with no security whatsoever?" Humphries said.

Humphries is making reference to comments that Giffords made during an interview with MSNBC in March after her Tucson office was vandalized. At that time she said that the rhetoric was "incredibly heated" and pouring into her office via calls and e-mails. She said that people who use it needed to realize that it has consequences.

But she also said she wasnt' frightened.  

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Humphries says that his comments were taken out of context:

In a phone call with the News on Thursday, he said those comments were taken out of context and were meant to portray that there was little violence in Arizona politics before the shooting.

But, he said, the political rhetoric surrounding the shootings is leaving the Tea Party as an additional victim of the tragedy.


New Times has not yet been able to reach Humphries, who is listed as the contact person for the Tucson chapter of the Tea Party.
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NoParty
NoParty

The tea baggers are a fringe group anyway. Why does anyone care what they think? All tea baggers do is criticize everything and never offer any original ideas or solutions. I hear a lot of hate, spewing of intolerance and ignorance. These guys always accuse others of being "liberals" as if that is some sort of insult. FYI: The word liberal means free, open-minded, generous and not bound by authoritarianism.

Spicoli
Spicoli

He's right.... she should have had security, no doubt about it.

Sstill doesn't excuse the Tea Party's non-stop "second ammendemt remedies" types of comments.... comments which are completley inappropriate whether Loughner was influenced by them or not.

Kdelectric
Kdelectric

Free speech right...unless the billionaires rich off of predatory lending tell you to shut the fuck up or else (refer to map and gun targets and..oh yeah who receives protest permits and who don't...) FREE SPEECH EVERYONE.

TeamPeril
TeamPeril

The Tea Party is a Victim? Somebody shot the Tea Party in the head?

"But, he said, the political rhetoric surrounding the shootings is leaving the Tea Party as an additional victim of the tragedy."

That is just...so wrong.

JNagarya
JNagarya

Isn't that always the fact with these extremist goons? --

1. It's always the fault of the victim (except when named such as Palin).

2. When confronted with their victim-blaming they are always quoted "out of context".

These extremist goons are so reckless they've driven several of their own party to resign out of fear, one of them saying, "I'm not going to take a bullet" for the party.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The GOP Precint head for LD20 (Ahwatukee/Chandler/Tempe) resigned because he had felt harassed by the Tea Party. These TP folks best look at themselves.

Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona shooting prompts resignations

by Edythe Jensen - Jan. 11, 2011 06:29 PMThe Arizona Republic

A nasty battle between factions of Legislative District 20 Republicans and fears that it could turn violent in the wake of what happened in Tucson on Saturday prompted District Chairman Anthony Miller and several others to resign.

Miller, a 43-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident and former campaign worker for U.S. Sen. John McCain, was re-elected to a second one-year term last month. He said constant verbal attacks after that election and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family's safety.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/commu...

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