Showing no sign of tamping down on divisive political rhetoric in the wake of the shooting of 20 people that left six dead in Tuscon Saturday, the Tea Party Nation group e-mailed its members Sunday warning them they would be called upon to fight leftists in the days ahead and defend their movement.
TPN founder Judson Phillips, in an article linked off the e-mail "The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the left's attack on the Tea Party movement," described the shooter as "a leftist lunatic" and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik as a "leftist sheriff" who "was one of the first to start in on the liberal attack." Phillips urged tea party supporters to blame liberals for the attack on centrist Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot through the head and is now fighting for her life, as a means of defending the tea party movement's recent electoral gains.
Of course no evidence of what motivated the shooter has been released but I guess it doesn't matter to Phillips whose organization's modus operandi relies on divisive rhetoric so when someone calls for it to stop he has to do something.
UPDATE 5:40PM - Unfortunately for Phillips, it appears that the shooter was a registered Republican and while this is hardly irrefutable evidence, it appears his "leftist lunatic" meme falls a bit short.
UPDATE 2 8:45PM - There is some question on the authenticity of the above voter registration as one image floating around spelled Tucson incorrectly. Also we have Judson Phillips on Chris Mathews. Judge for yourself...