Resistance against Trump is not a new Tea Party — it’s better than that

Resistance against Trump is not a new Tea Party — it’s better than that
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[Ed. –  The Tea Party began before the election of Obama? According to whom?]

Republicans right now face a backlash akin to what Democrats faced from the Tea Party in 2009 and 2010. Some have gone so far as to call this resistance the Democratic Tea Party. It’s a convenient comparison: Democrats like it because the Republican Tea Party was successful in 2010, and the media appreciates it as a simple and straightforward story. I’ve been guilty of leaning on it myself.

But the Democratic resistance and the Tea Party actually differ in a number of important ways….

For starters, the Tea Party was forged as an opposition to a societal reality in our country, while today’s resistance is opposed to a political reality. The Tea Party began before the election of President Obama, as a reaction to President Bush and the bank bailouts of 2008…. The movement’s anger was stoked by the realization that the country … would elect someone like Barack Obama and support his “liberal” policies…. These members wanted the entire country to revert to a set of values that more closely resembled what they saw on Leave It to Beaver.

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