Tea Party Patriots: ‘The largest Tea party protest since 2010 is tomorrow’

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Conservative activists are planning to storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday for what they are predicting will be “the largest Tea Party protest since 2010.”

The protest — drawing tea partiers like TV host Glenn Beck and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — is in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s recent admission that it has been specifically targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

The gathering on the West Lawn of the Capitol is being called the “Audit the IRS” Rally.

“At noon tomorrow, we are going to tell the world about how the IRS tried to crush the Tea Party movement,” organizers with the Tea Party Patriots organization said in an email to supporters.

“Thousands of volunteers will rally in the largest demonstration of Tea Party support since 2010.”

Others expected to appear at the rally include Republican senators like Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp are also on the schedule.

A number of representatives from local tea party groups who claim to have been unfairly targeted by the IRS are also expected to partake in the rally.

Groups like the Tea Party Patriots, which is organizing Wednesday’s rally, frequently sponsored similar protests in 2010, when the tea party movement was at its height.

Those sorts of rallies are not nearly as frequent anymore. But organizers are betting they can draw a crowd.

“We have been coordinating buses to the very last minute, and the plans for our stage and massive sound system are all set. We need to make sure these Washington cronies can hear us!” the organizers said.

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