November 13th, 2009
08:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Tea Party organizer vows to burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy

Pelosi will be burned in effigy at a Tea Party rally in Virginia next week, the event's organizer told CNN.
Pelosi will be burned in effigy at a Tea Party rally in Virginia next week, the event's organizer told CNN.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The organizer of a "Tea Party" protest in Virginia says he intends to move forward with plans to burn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tom Perriello in effigy next weekend at a rally to protest Democratic health care legislation.

The event is scheduled for next Saturday in Danville, which borders North Carolina and sits at the southern end of Perriello's congressional district. Perriello, a Democrat, narrowly won his House seat in 2008 and is considered a top target of Congressional Republicans in next year's midterm elections.

When news of the rally surfaced Friday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen condemned the plans as "shocking and despicable."

But Nigel Coleman, the organizer of the Tea Party, told CNN he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. The attention, he said, should be on the Democratic plans to overhaul the health care system.

"We're not going to actually set Perriello on fire or Mrs. Pelosi on fire," Coleman said. "But we have been trying to months to get our point across just how vehemently we are opposed to this health care legislation. For the House vote to come so close and to know that Mr. Perriello is on the other side, it's a kick in the stomach that a lot of people couldn't take."

Coleman said none of Perriello's potential Republican challengers have been invited to the event, which he expects will draw about 100 people.

"Something shocking and despicable is how they've handled this health care legislation," Coleman said, responding to Van Hollen's statement. "Going behind closed doors, writing a bill that is going to fundamentally change what America is. More people are going to be killed by this health care legislation than this bonfire."


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soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    These "Teabaggers" have a serious untreated mental disorder...this is what we get when Reagan closed all the mental institutions.

    November 13, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Max

    How Ignorant.

    November 13, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Robert

    . . . . And then the Senate will pass the Health Care Bill. . . . . . yawn..

    November 13, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Jane

    Yeah, I think we get it. To go on and on about what you "hate" so vehemently that you want to hang dummies up of them to taunt? I think it's sick, and not right. You teabaggers need to get a life, focus on what you can do that is positive for our country and probably get some major therapy going. It seems that you all need it, in my opinion. None of you seem too healthy to me.

    November 13, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Shelly CO

    These tea party loonies have completely lost it. Even in a free society there is civility and respect ; otherwise we are barbarians. God does not look kindly at these angry and hate filled people. Aren't they preached love, tolerance and forgiveness of other people even those they disagree with.

    November 13, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. James D. Pierce

    NONSENSE. All the industriallized countries in the world have a national healthcare program. We don't because America is ruled by greed. I want to see all the earnings for these poor lamented doctors. I bet the lowest paid doctor makes 5 times what I do and I have 3 degrees. Or insurance companies who do nothing but get between the consumer and the doctors and extort money for no real tangible service. Insurance in America is the biggest protection racket and legalized extortion in the world.
    These Tea baggers, yes like the sex act, are nothing but pissed off white supremist who want to go back to the bad old days. Why don't you fools join Lou Dobbs and retire. Why would anyone not want health care. Its nothing to do with healthcare. Its to do with neo cons angry because they lost total control of the country and they want it back. Your just a bunch of pale old males who can't stand that time has moved on and left you behind with the dinosaurs.

    November 13, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. all the news that's fit to omit

    Though I agree with his anger and his words are truthful on how Pelousy and Reid did this behind closed doors, this is STIILL the WRONG way to protest.

    The medai will ignore the message and only report the stupidity of this act and then broadly hammer all protestors and somehow blame Republicans, Fox and W.

    Not a good move on this knuckleheads part.

    November 13, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Ed

    What next? Will these radical Republicans start burning U.S. flags and try to secede from the Union when they don't get their way. They are disrespectful of our democratic process and are no better than people in foreign lands that burn our leaders in effigy.

    November 13, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Eric

    These people don't seem to believe in our form of government. They act like if a small minority wants their way bad enough, they should get it, regardless of what the majority favor.

    November 13, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. NH

    I find it more shocking that Pelosi and Obama and Co. are imposing communism on this country faster than we can keep up with it.

    And that they are not listening to the people.

    Burn baby burn!

    This is what you will find in all Communist-takeover countries - at any one time, half the people will be in the streets burning things.

    November 13, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Keith in CA

    Congratulations Tea Baggers! You've outgrown name calling and grotesque signs and are now following in the time tested traditions of Islamo-Fascists and other enemies of the U.S. Don't forget to burn a few flags to complete the effect.

    November 13, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Joe M

    I will provide the matches and gasoline...

    November 13, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Captain Mainstay

    So what? Pelosi trashed our constitution by wheeling and dealing
    with the Vatican the day before they voted. She violated the church-
    state separation. Now she must atone.

    November 13, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Winny

    Is this what we've come to. Such a shame :(

    November 13, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Ndubueze Chuku

    Did you say burn Pelosi in effigy? What's the difference between you guys (Tea party mob) and the Islamic extremists that we see on TV, burning US presidents on effigy? This is ridiculous. You call those Islamic extremists names and yet you are going to do the same thing. Holy Moses! This is getting out of hand. This has gone past protesting policies. This is simply BIGOTRY in its worst form and some of you are turning to TERRORISM. Be careful what direction you are taking. Be careful what you do. May God help the USA.

    November 13, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Paul

    Just when you think the Tea Party couldn't get any nuttier they pull out this stunt.

    "Nigel Coleman, the organizer of the Tea Party, told CNN he doesn't see what all the fuss is about." Well, you see Nigel, the rest of the country isn't crazy and wants a grown-up conversation, not wacky protests hovering ever closer to violence.

    The Tea Party and the GOP: Partying Like it's 1859!

    November 13, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Saxo Grammaticus

    Burn in effigy? How can anyone take these wingnuts seriously? I'd say they're genuinely dangerous because of their apparent fondness for violence, but they contribute NOTHING of value to political debate.

    News media owe it to all of us to stop giving these people so much attention!

    November 13, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Love Thy Neighbor

    Yes Virginia, There ARE uncivilized people in the US today. How can we start becoming like the news media portrays the Middle East? Burn effigies! Once upon a time it was [un]ethical to burn the USA flag. Lets' go ahead and take it the the [lower] level and make a statement. Whoa! Are not we supposed to be CIVILIZED. Now THIS is getting out of hand. So much hate for a so called "Christen" nation now huh!? Beau Colby.

    November 13, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. New Yorker

    Unwise, but it does show the temper of many people in this country who are fed up with the government's takeover. There are throngs of Tea Party supporters and those who haven't officially joined a group yet for lack of time. Most, if not all, members and supporters of these conservative groups hold full time jobs. You can bet they will be out at the polls in 2010 though.

    November 13, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Frisky

    You say this has been done behind closed doors yet you seem certain you know what is in it!? They can't both be true. America is GOING TO CHANGE and health care as it is, HAS TO CHANGE. The status quo is broken. You have a better idea? Bring it on. The way it is now, health care and insurance will be more out of reach for more and more Americans every year.

    November 13, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Drew

    Can no one see the depths of far these ultra right wing fascists are going?

    The election was won by the democrats fair and square; no allegations of voter fraud, no hanging chads, no supreme court ruling – just a solid whooping.

    But "they" cannot accept the loss; so they rally the uninformed with the same fear tactics that served them so well over the last 8 years – the birthers, socialism, loss of personal liberty, etc. There is ZERO integrity to the arguments and tactics used here.

    I wasn't alive at the time, but I know feel I have a good sense of paranoia and radicalism that the far right felt during the Kennedy administration. I only hope the vast majority of Americans see these shallow tactics for what they are and that our generation does better than those in the sixties.

    November 13, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. BillyBobTomRedcracker

    There really isn't much to comment on, since this is coming from another in-bred hillbilly that probably doesn't have a clue what is in the Democrats proposal. Too bad none of these folks can grasp the fact that our medical system needs an over-haul. Oh I forgot, one needs to be able to read and reason to understand something as complicated as change.

    November 13, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Oldie

    Unbelievable. I would have to say the Tea Baggers have jumped the shark with this one...

    November 13, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. BobH.

    Sad to see the Republican party come unhinged like this. There was a taste of this sort of stuff in the early '90s, but now it's just gone bonkers. It's amazing how intelligent and respectable the Republicans of the '60s look by comparison.

    November 13, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Morgan

    But the question is this...are they crazy enough to actually do the real thing if the opportunity presented itself? Most likely.

    They were just in Orlando and I listened to the fringe hate mongers feed off themselves like a unhinged mob mounting for a witch hunt. If it were a muslim community burning an image of Rush it would be terrorism.

    November 13, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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