Tea Partiers Hurl Slurs at Black, Gay Reps

'People have been just downright mean,' says one rep
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(User Submitted) – Congressional Black Caucus members John Lewis and Andre Carson ran smack into a large crowd of protesters screaming "kill the bill"—and punctuating their chants with the N-word. The sentiment didn't appear to be a rogue one: As Barney Frank waded through a crowd of protesters, he was met by an elderly white man screaming, "Barney, you faggot"—which TPM notes resulted in a chorus of laughter from his fellow protesters. "I'm disappointed at an unwillingness to be just civil," says Frank. "[T]he objection to the health care bill has become a proxy for other sentiments."

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