Armey tells tea party crowd: ‘I’ve never seen so many attractive domestic terrorists in all my life.’


Earlier this year, a Department of Homeland Security assessment was released, warning that right-wing extremist groups that are “primarily hate-oriented” and “are mainly antigovernment” were “likely to grow in strength” following President Obama’s election. Conservatives claimed it was “a sweeping indictment” aimed at “labeling them as terrorists.” Despite the fact that the report did no such thing, some on the right embraced the claim and began to refer to themselves facetiously as “proud right-wing terrorist[s].” At the “Code Red Rally” on Capitol Hill yesterday, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey greeted the crowd by saying, “I’ve never seen so many attractive domestic terrorists in all my life.” Watch it:

When Armey and his conservative friends mock the DHS report on far right-wing extremism, they are mocking the real threat of a tiny minority that aims “to make changes in America through the use of political violence.” In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report listing 75 plots, conspiracies and racist rampages “that have emerged from the American radical right in the years since Oklahoma City.”