On two days over the weekend, Tea Party Patriots hurled anti-gay epithets at Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the openly gay chair of the House Financial Services Committee. The insults came as several black members of Congress had racial slurs shouted at them as they headed into the Capitol and one Tea Partier spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. Frank said that Republicans should distance themselves from the Tea Party activists and he laid much of the blame with Rep. Michele Bachmann.
On Saturday, Frank told TPM:
I do think the leaders of the movement, and this was true of some of the Republicans last year, that they think they are benefiting from this rancor. I mean there are a couple who-you know, Michele Bachmann’s rhetoric is inflamatory as well as wholly baseless. And I think there are people there, a few that encourage it.
“If this was my cause, and I saw this angry group yelling and shouting and being so abusive to people, I would ask them to please stop it,” Frank added. “I think they do more harm than good.”
Among the epithets shouted at Frank were “faggot” and “Homo Communist,” and one protester told him to “go homo to Massachusetts.”
Frank told the Hill this weekend, “Any movement in which the intellectual leader is Michele Bachmann is obviously going to be problematic.”