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

Tea Party organizer vows to burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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."

Filed under: Extra • Nancy Pelosi • Virginia
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    YEP – Danville... that SMALL pocket of America where REAL and TRUE Americans live ONLY!!!! Most likely Sarah Palin would be there too getting her book signed.

    DANVILLE is Far, FAR AWAY from where it matters!!! They cannot try that in the Hampton area – or anywhere near RICHMOND or the NORTHERN part of Virginia!!!

    November 13, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Dennis, Amarillo Texas

    American's had better stand up for Democracy before the Democrats make it manitory to wear Obama's Insignia Circle around our arms, and have our entire paycheck confisticated by Pelosi and her Gang of Socialists!

    November 13, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Ed from the western slope of Colorado

    Tea Partiers need to get a job and do something meaningful with their life. Of course, seeing their level of intelligence, getting real work might be pretty hard for them.

    November 13, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. KS Hawk

    I think this should be a crime. Further, I think it is committing murder in the heart and mind. When does it get followed up by action. What a bucnh of nut cases promoting violence. Cheney committed criminal acts and think he should stand trial for his wrong doing, however I do not support burning him in effigy. So do the baggers just believe that any American that does not agree with laws that get passed it is ok to resort to violence? And by the way tea baggers, you might be vocal but you are not the majority of Americans, that is the real reason you are resorting to violence.

    November 13, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Eliz

    Mr.Coleman needs to be examined by a psychiatrist...

    November 13, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Hendrik

    These clown are laughable if they were not so dangerous. It is simply shocking what these people will do. The tea partiers care only about their Republican agenda, nothing else. They should not pretend that their movement is nonpartisan; only white people show up. But we should not be surprised; this is how these people operate. It is a shame that our population is so short sighted. We are the laughing stock of the world.

    November 13, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Eric of Reseda

    The Extreme Right wants to trigger violence (See Dead Fed in Kentucky). This is another step in that direction. These people are tools for Big Business and the oligarchical, UN-democratic New World Order they want to see. War is coming, folks, and it won't be overseas. History is repeating itself...

    November 13, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. RSB

    It's sad when this is the only way you think you can get your point across. Oh well, they'll be in good company since this has been done before. Nothing original as usual.

    November 13, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Amazed

    I assume this is all according to the planthat Fox News had when they started this nonsense?

    November 13, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Kim

    Wow, these T-baggers are no better than the militant anti-US Muslims who burn our flag and pictures of our leaders "in effigy" in their streets. Oh, but they're just protesting our foreign policies! Just like these tools are protesting the health care reform! Two sides of the same coin, IMO.

    November 13, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. gary

    Why is this news. This retard says maybe 100 people will attend and fox news 'oh i mean cnn trys to make this a big deal.

    November 13, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. David

    This is how bad this country has become. You crazy tea partiers are acting like people over in third world crazy countries. Why don't you burn the American Flag while you are at it. These people are the worst Americans I have heard of. Burning people in effigy because they don't believe the same as you. What kind of BS is that? Tea Partiers, Birthers, and the other crazy folks out there makes us all look bad to the rest of the world. These folks always try to claim they are the most patriot and love America more than other Americans. Start acting like it. It's one thing to stand up for what you believe in and protest. But this is just just over the line of common decency.

    November 13, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Why not burn the American flag too? You not actually going to be setting America on fire, so what's the harm? Morons...

    November 13, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. dee

    They can burn one every day for the rest of the year and it will never measure up to how many were burned of Bush...and still


    November 13, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Wolfe

    Will they carry pitchforks, and torches

    November 13, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Cheyenne

    This is scary. This is what extremists around the world do while they chant "Death to America". Scary.

    November 13, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. StevieB

    These radical righties sure are a violent bunch. And we are supposed to take these thugs seriously?

    November 13, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. DJ

    When your group has a third-world level literacy rate, what do you expect? It's not like tea party protesters have any capacity for rational argument.

    November 13, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. ronvan

    Just another reason, for me, as to why this country is falling apart. Our FREEDOM's & RIGHT's will be our destruction! All these "do gooders", who have the ONLY answer to the worlds problems, while spending vast amounts of money could be helping those that are in need. but then again THEY have the ONLY ANSWER!!!

    November 13, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. kay

    Tea baggers act like spoiled brats.

    November 13, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Ryan

    Wow that sounds real "American" as the right wing likes to call it... I love how republicans do all the things a spoiled fat kid does and they consider it patriotic...

    It cracks me up that back when people started to protest the war, or start to turn on Bush, Fox called us "domestic terrorists" for not supporting our leader, and now that it is a Democrat, they resort to screaming during national addresses, holding up stupid signs during congress and pouting... Pathetic.

    November 13, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Socrates

    The major problem with the health care reform bill is that it allows the health insurance companies to remain in business and their CEOs to remain out of prison.

    November 13, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Seattle Sue

    From what I have seen of the radical Tea Party, I think they would be happy to burn Mrs. Pelosi in person.

    November 13, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Nick

    Remember how shocked and offended the Democrats were when the anti-war protesters burned Bush in effigy? Right, me neither.

    I'm pretty much pro-burning-any-politician-in-effigy. Must be a cathartic experience.

    November 13, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. snowflake

    The Republicans are making themselves look like complete idiots! What a display to show the world!!! You would think they were living in the "third world"! They are a complete embarrassment to our great Country, the United States of America!!!!

    November 13, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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