Tell the GOP: Stop inciting and supporting hate

Right wing tea partiers are resorting to hatred and even violence. Last weekend, health care protestors shouted racist and homophobic slurs at Black and gay members of Congress. Then, this past week, multiple members of Congress received death threats, and several had their offices vandalized.

For over a year, the Republican Party has done little to stop the violent and racially charged rhetoric and anti-government conspiracy theories coming from their grassroots. At times — even after the events of last week — Republican officials have egged them on, contributing to the toxic atmosphere.

It's time for this to stop — and for Republican leadership to address the situation it's helped to create.

Join us in calling on RNC Chaiman Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make it clear that bigotry, hate, and the fear-mongering that leads to it have no place in their party.

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Here is the text of the petitions we'll present to RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader John Boehner; unless you create your own statement.

Dear Mr. Steele, Senator McConnell, Congressman Boehner:

I'm outraged by the hateful acts that occurred this weekend in Washington, and I'm writing to demand that you take decisive action in tamping down the hateful atmosphere that exists in a major element of your party's grassroots support.

I'm glad that some of you have condemned the specific acts that occurred -- but this weekend's incidents are not isolated, as you have maintained. They are part of a deep pattern of violent rhetoric, racially charged imagery, and paranoid conspiracy theories at Tea Party rallies.

Elected officials in your party have spoken to crowds at these rallies since they began, and your party consistently seeks their support. Republican officials have not only refused to take any responsibility for controlling the dangerous atmosphere that has arisen -- many of you have encouraged and inflamed it with baseless fear-mongering that plays to the worst instincts in our society.

I'm calling on you to do two things:

  1. Unequivocally condemn bigotry and hate among your supporters, and make clear that those who embrace it have no place in your party and that you reject their support
  2. Make clear that you will not tolerate fear-mongering and coded appeals to racism from officials in the Republican party, at any level.

It is your responsibility to take real leadership in addressing this problem, and no one should have to ask you to do so. For the good of our democracy, our country -- even your own political party -- you must act.


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