Tea Party leader shocked by threat from Arizona survivor
January 17th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Tea Party leader shocked by threat from Arizona survivor

Tensions are high in Tucson, Arizona, Monday after the shooting rampage at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' event January 8. This past weekend, at a televised town hall event hosted by ABC's Christiane Amanpour, a survivor of the shooting, James Eric Fuller, attempted to photograph Tucson Tea Party organizer Trent Humphries. Fuller was heard shouting, "You are dead" when Humphries began to speak.

Fuller is undergoing mental health evaluations. Humphries spoke with American Morning's Kiran Chetry about what may have provoked the exchange and why he has decided to press charges.

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  1. sburg

    what idiot would say something like that after he just survived the incident in Arizona. seriously

    January 17, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game James

    How about PTSD? It just doesn't only happen to soldiers. At least they are getting him help. We all might be a little shaky after going through something like that.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. abby1

    Why is the Tea Party leader surprised that someone would say that?

    January 17, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It's a movie moment. little kids will be running up to each other with their cell phones saying (click) you're dead! If they let Buckshot Cheney go, I sure they can release him...(lol) for who dies from a click?

      January 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. ThomasD

    Hmm. Of course they're going to press charges. This will divert attention off of themselves since, after all of the uproar in the last week against the tea party, and, in particular, Sarah Palin, they will be willing to discredit anyone who has 'slandered', in thier view, thier cause. Mr. Fullers actions, whether the result of PTSD or anger or whatever, has given them the 'engine' to begin this process.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      He almost died in a cause he had no part of...so a cranky old man gets crankier...rather than raising cane he takes a picture(clicks) and says "you're dead!" I'm appalled that they label this man a nut...for this old man understands well he have one foot on the grave and the other on a
      soapbar and not at all appreciative anyone making his slip quicker!

      January 17, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Why is this man cRaZy for throwing his own tea party? It is hilarious the first one thrown overboard are the teabaggar's leader. It makes sense to me, you need teabags to make tea of any kind...

    January 17, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. FinallytheTruth

    This was a man who went through a harrowing ordeal, not a toothless dipstick who thinks a man is a terrorist because he isn't white. Cut him some slack

    January 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. WestmontWriter

    After the lib media whips everyone up into a frenzy with the smoke screen blame of the 'right wing talking heads' who can be surprised? The media has created just the scenario – causing an unstable individual to go off by influencing them with rhetoric – that they blamed on the right wing. Go going media. By the way I think it's time to take a step back from the ad nauseum coverage of the shooting. And I think ABC's 'Continuing Conversation' meeting did nothing more that rip open a wound that needs to start healing.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    At first they stated no charges would be filed as to not further anger people during this tradgedy. So why now the change of heart? I for one find this to be an idiotic move that will just induce more hate filled remarks.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. ThomasD

    I agree, tomcat. Its just stupid. As for the change of heart, see my post above. Its just a way (or so they think) for them to change the direction the fingers are pointing. And the tale goes on and on and on.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      Evidently he didn't get the memo about the "love fest" that is going on with the Senate.

      January 17, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Littorno

      From what I heard in the story, he pressed charges after being advised that it was the only way that the police could hold him for mental evaluation. As much as I detest the Tea Party and its members ignorant actions, it sounds like pressing charges was a way to help. Of course, I have no doubt that the right wing talkers will use this as a way to paint themselves and the Tea Party as victims.

      January 17, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paylin

    Trent Humpfries is a slimey slug

    January 17, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lipton

    Trent Humphries is what our founding fathers invisioned

    January 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Littorno

      Lipton,
      It is common practice these days for Tea Party members to toss out lines about how they are simply following the vision of our founding fathers. I would really like them to go further and cite specifics. The main idea from our founding fathers proved by the organization is Alexander Hamilton's notion that "the masses are asses".

      January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • JLR

      They envisioned a fat guy with a smirk on his face?

      January 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. drap

    @ lipton,shouldn't you be out looking for unicorns?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike in Montana

    Why should the Tea Party and Sarah Palin be shocked by the threat or threats.. Both, the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin are in real trouble. People.., believe, that part of the problem with the new politics or movement and Sarah Palin with her ridiculous rifle scope gun site map, concerning politicians (they) want out of public office was wrong, ill appropriate or at best, in poor taste. People are taking another look at the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin, and they don't like what they see or hear. So the table turns and the gun sites are on them. What goes around, comes around and thats exactly what is going on here. Sarah should 'shut up' and Tea Party movement should step back a little and take another look at themselves, because the people don't like what they see and hear from Sarah or the Tea Party. Especially now, with the massacre in Tucson. Maybe, the rhetoric from Sarah Palin, Tea Party movement and the far right were partly to blame for the disaster in Tucson.., the rifle gun site map, didn't help. Lets all step back and take another look at ourselves and our future, and how we conduct ourselves, including our speech or writings. We are a great country.., but we are going down a slippery slope, when it comes to politics and our future. Mike in Montana

    January 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacque

      Well said Mike... I whole-heartedly agree that both Sara Palin and the Tea Party should SHUT UP! Instead, today we are remembering MLKing's b'day and Sara Palin is scheduled yet again to put herself out there on a real "set piece of an interview with Hannity (what a joke). Another day of a superhero of ignorance that the media shoves down our throats. I've opted not to give Fox my viewer's ratings by NOT WATCHING. The other more disturbing thing is CNN's attempt by Wolf Blitzer today to report on yet another manufactured poll where he/CNN makes yet another attempt to revive Sara Palin's self inflicted reflection of her idiocy. What the media fails to realize here is the overall public sees Sara as irrelevant and instead of the media focussing on issues and discussions important to the everyday lives of the American public, they prefer to continuously manufacture and push out and report on garbage. We do not and have not for some time had credible reporting of polls, factual news content out of CNN. From Candy Crowley and Jessica Yellin and not Wolf Blitzer have recd their orders to continue to dumb down american with a cya for Sara Palin. What a shame... I have turned off CNN!

      January 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JLR

    Press charges for what? People don't know to whom Fuller was referring. It could have the Tea Party, or this puffy guy in the interview.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John G

    This is a clear indication of the far left's rhetoric having a real and very potential outcome for their actions. You spread lies like the left has been doing and this is what you get. The left is quote pathetic at best.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hate tea

      and the right wing thugs and nut dippers spew nothing but hatred about anyone or anything they don't agree with..nothing but pure white trash.

      January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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