Tea Party Email Warns Members: Beware Liberal Trolls Like Rachel Maddow
Tea partiers beware: "You can and will be banned for being a liberal."
Organizers behind the upcoming Tea Party Nation convention we wrote about this morning told members today that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tried to join the group and "we banned her 7 minutes after she joined."
TPMDC, which also has signed up for the TPN mailing list, received an email to all members warning them that as the convention nears "we will in all likelihood be invaded by liberal trolls looking to disrupt the site." The subject line was "Liberal Troll Alert!"
"Tea Party Nation reserves the right to ban anyone for any reason we feel necessary to ensure the well being of the site and our members," the group writes in the email, which you can read in full after the jump.
Please be advised that over the coming weeks, as the National Tea Party Convention draws near, we will in all likelihood be invaded by liberal trolls looking to disrupt the site.
Rachel Maddow joined this morning and we banned her 7 minutes after she joined. I have little doubt she will mention this on her show.
Per our FAQ's:
Note to Prospective Liberal Trolls: TPN does not tolerate liberal trolls. If your sole purpose is to join this site in order
to disrupt the flow of constructive dialogue against liberalism,
you will find your time here very short. You can and will be banned
for being a liberal. If you wish to debate the virtues of
liberalism (as though there were such a thing), there are many
other sites on the web who will tolerate you. TPN is not one of
Tea Party Nation reserves the right to ban anyone for any reason we feel necessary to ensure the well being of the site and
When they show up - ignore them, report them and we will ban them.
Thank you all for your patriotism and support!
Tea Party Nation
EDIT: Maddow says it wasn't her:
We asked MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for a response to the Tea Party Nation banning her from their site, and she suggests the idea is so ridiculous they made it up as a publicity stunt.
"I used to be an activist, too, so I understand the strategy of using the name of a well-known person to try to get publicity," Maddow told TPMDC in an email.
"Of course, this idea of me trying to join their listserv is completely made up, but still -- I'm flattered the Tea Party folks think I'm well known enough to help their cause," Maddow wrote. "I wish them all best luck with their conference."
To sum up my reaction: