A month after the Paris attacks, the tea-party movement has become a rallying point for Americans to call out President Donald Trump and demand action against Islamic extremism.
The tea party, which has been loosely defined by its embrace of a loose set of political views and its willingness to openly criticize the government, was founded in 2010 by former tea party leader Matt Kibbe.
It grew quickly, eventually attracting as many as 100,000 members.
It has been inextricably linked to Trump’s rise to the presidency and the GOP-led Congress, which it helped to create.
Tea party supporters rallied in support of the Affordable Care Act and against the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.
They protested the government shutdown and rallied against gun control, climate change and immigration.
In February, tea party members rallied outside the White House to protest the killing of police officers in Baton Rouge.
And earlier this month, a white supremacist killed six people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Kibberlee said the tea partiers’ support for the president, his policies and his politics has been so overwhelming that they’ve even changed the Republican Party platform.
“We’re not afraid of anything.
We’re not intimidated,” he said.
“I think they’re scared of us, too.”
Tea party leaders are calling for Trump to step down.
A group of former GOP leaders and operatives gathered in Washington, D.C., last month to discuss the movement’s future, and one of the topics was the tea parties’ role in the 2020 elections.
The gathering was organized by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
The former mayor said he sees tea party voters as the backbone of the GOP, and that they are going to decide whether Trump wins reelection.
“What I’m hearing from them is, ‘You know what?
I’m not voting for Donald Trump,’ ” Giuliani told The Associated Press.
“If you want to go to the polls tomorrow, you’ve got to vote for me.”
The Tea Party Express, a Tea Party-aligned group, has been promoting the tea Party’s agenda on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
“Our message is simple: We’re here to support the president and to help him govern,” the group’s founder, Matt Kribby, said in a recent interview with Fox News.
The Tea party’s success is also a reflection of the way the American people have responded to Trump.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed by Gallup said they believe that the country is in “a deep state” of oppression, according to a January 2017 survey.
A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that the percentage of Americans who are willing to believe that police are unfairly targeting blacks has more than doubled since Trump took office.
The results of that poll were revealed during a White House briefing last month.
According to the Pew poll, a majority of Americans, 54 percent, believe the police are being unfairly treated.
“That’s the biggest thing,” said Kribbby, a veteran GOP operative.
“The tea party has been there for years.
They’re not a fringe thing anymore.
They’ve been embraced by the American public.”