Tea Party Congressman Calls Nuns Divisive (AUDIO)

On Friday, I wrote about a GOP Tea Party backed Congressman who surprisingly came out for LGBT rights in the workplace. Well, it didn’t take long for his Tea Party roots to reassert themselves. In the very same interview, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), accused nuns (yes, you read that right) of wanting “to try and divide” the country.

Transcript and audio from Think Progress:

KEYES: What did you think about the nuns who are going out and barnstorming across the country, campaigning against the Ryan budget?

TIPTON: I think one of the important things is that we often get people that want to try and divide. No one, Republican or Democrat, wants to hurt any individual.

KEYES: Do you think they’re being divisive?

TIPTON: I think pointing to this without the understanding apparently that we’ve got to be able to pay for those different programs. So how can we best deliver them in the most efficient way? What’s the best way to really address needs and concerns that people have right now? Wouldn’t it be better to actually create an environment where they could get a job and provide for their families? That’s what we’re pushing hard on.


It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Republican way of dealing with poverty is to let the poor die from either malnutrition or lack of health care. Nuns on the Bus, organized by Sister Simone Campbell, are a group of sisters who have made it their life’s calling to battle poverty. Specifically, the nuns are protesting the Paul Ryan budget, saying it would:

  • Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.
  • Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.
  • Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 30 million off health care.

The persistent GOP argument is that we can’t afford to help the poor, but for some inexplicable reason, we always have enough money for the next war and to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

It does seem that one of the latest Republican memes — which is really just projection — is that it is the Democrats and the populists who are divisive, when it is they who have been the obstructionists, attempting to make sure that Obama fails at every turn. They are the ones using racist dog whistles. They are the ones who are accusing women of being ‘sluts’ for taking birth control, of being ‘illegitimately raped’ and of committing child abuse for being a single parent. They are the ones who tell us that the poor, minorities and women are the enemy, all while promoting legislation that is Robin Hood in reverse: stealing from the poor to give to the rich. This tactic works for about half the population, who are more than willing to see the woman trying to feed her children as the reason for their problems. Those are the people who will be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

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