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January 17th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

Tea Party leader: Everybody thought 'he didn't really say that, did he?'

Tensions remain high in Tucson, Ariz., this morning after last week's shooting and an incident this weekend at a televised town hall event. ABC's Christiane Amanpour was hosting a special town hall edition of her program, "This Week," when in the middle of the taping, survivor of the shooting, James Eric Fuller, attempted to photograph TucsonTea Party Organizer Trent Humphries and said, "You are dead," when Humphries began to speak.

Fuller is undergoing mental health evaluations this morning.  On American Morning today, Humphries talks to AM's Kiran Chetry about what may have provoked the exchange.

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  1. Roger

    Why didn't CNN report the hateful comments James Eric Fuller made to the New York Post the day before threatening the Tucson Tea Party leader. They involve saying top Republican leaders should be tortured and read as follows:

    "There would be torture and then an ear necklace, with [Minnesota US Rep.] Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin's ears toward the end, because they're small, female ears, and then Limbaugh, Hannity and the biggest ears of all, Cheney's, in the center," Fuller said.

    Certainly these remarks are at least as newsworthy as the so-called questionalbe use of the term 'blood libel' by Sarah Palin. Maybe the Fuller comments were not covered because he is on the political Left whereas Palin is of the political Right?

    January 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  2. NidanGoju

    First, there were attendees at the Giffords event from different parts of Pima county.
    Second, the Kelly announcement was scheduled for th 14th of January.
    Third, Mr Kelly has only stood for office ONCE, not twice as you state.
    Fourth, the "skinhead" photo was taken of Mr. Kelly while serving in the USMC in Iraq.
    I'm sure that our service personnel appreciate your referring to them as "skinheads". Altough I am certain that Mr. Kelly would be the first to say that he was serving to defend the freedoms we enjoy in this country including the freedom of fools, such as yourself, to speak your mind.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  3. Ginni

    Humphries lives one block from the shooting. Indeed his neighbor Dorwan Stoddard was killed while in attendance at the congress on your corner meeting with Gabrielle Giffords. He was on his way with his family to buy groceries at that Safeway when the ambulances raced past him to reach the victims.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  4. Karen S.

    "to inject himself into the national spotlight and have his party mentioned"

    Actually, it was the Democrats and their media allies who "Injected" him and the Tea Party into this whole story by blaming him instead of the shooter for the horrific events.

    The fact the quoted commenter and others are totally unable to denounce or distance themselves from James Eric Fuller and his death threats speaks volumes.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  5. Liz Matthews

    Robert, you definitely have issues with the local Tea Party and with Trent Humphries. I don't live in Tucson and don't have a dog in this fight but it was obvious from the start the the actions of one lunatic was immediately blamed on the local Tea Party by politicians, pundits, and media nationally. The fact that he was no where near the Safeway when it happened as you just pointed out did not stop the blame game. Mr. Humphries was obviously at the townhall meeting discussion to defend the group from the ongoing slander and asking people not to jump to conclusions was entirely reasonable on his part. Surely, even you can see that.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  6. firstpoppa


    Kinda skipped over the 'death threat' issue, didn't we Robert? Not to mention the hate filled screed that Fuller unleased the other day.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  7. Robert Rowley, Tucson

    The fact of the matter is that Trent Humphries, leader of Tucson Tea Partiers, does not live anywhere near where the shooting happened. Humphries was at this event for one inject himself into the national spotlight and have his party mentioned. He went so far as to state that his neighbor, whom he loved, had been killed or shot. The strange thing is that Humphries lives on Tucson's East side, well over 10 miles from the Safeway where the shooting happened. NO ONE from outside the neighborhood, with the exception of Gabby Giffords, was shot. Trent Humphries had no connection to either the people, event or location in any way. What upsets Humphries most is that the same Saturday that the event at Safeway happened, that afternoon, the Tea Party Golden Boy, Jesse Kelly, was going to hold a press conference and announce his run against Gabby two years hence.

    Kelly has now ran in the past two elections against Gabby and lost both times. During this past election Kelly had a picture on his campaign websites fundraising section. This photo was of a skinhead Jesse Kelly holding an M 16 and for a donation of a high enough amount you too could go shooting his M16 with him.

    Considering what has happened here in Tucson I cannot understand how ANYONE could ever again take Trent Humphries for anything more than a con much less vote for someone like patsy Jesse Kelly.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:20 am |