TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
A Texas woman was denied the right to vote on Monday because she was wearing a button bearing a Gadsden flag — the rattlesnake over the words “Don’t Tread on Me” that has become the unofficial image of the Tea Party.
Katrina Pierson, who sits on the steering committee of the Dallas Tea Party and is also involved with the Garland Tea Party, told The Daily Caller that “around 11 o’clock yesterday,” a Garland Tea Party member, reported that she was told by an election official that she could not vote unless she removed her button. A second election official, Pierson said, did not recognize the button and did not understand why the other official was not permitting the woman to vote.
Well, the anti-Tea Party movement doesn’t know what year the Boston Tea Party happened, so why should they know what a Gadsden flag is? Hey, you see ’em all the time on news coverage of those crazy teabagger rallies, so it must be a crazy teabagger thing.
This is pretty much like kicking somebody out of a polling place in the United States for wearing an American flag pin. The First Lady can campaign for the Dems inside a polling place, but wearing a symbol as old as America itself will get you kicked out of one.
P.S. Tammy Bruce, writing in the Guardian(!): Why Tea Party women lead the charge.