Americans For Tax Reform’s Policy Director Calls Tea Party ‘Freaking Retarded’

October 24, 2013 1:49 p.m.

Americans For Tax Reform Tax Policy Director Ryan Ellis said on Wednesday night that he’s starting to think tea party activists are “freaking retarded.”

@freddoso I’ve gotta tell you, man, I’m starting to think these tea party activists are freaking retarded

— Ryan Ellis (@RyanLEllis) October 24, 2013

The tweet provoked ire from conservatives. Drew Ryun, the political director for the conservative Madison Project PAC issued a statement slamming Ellis. 

“This offensive remark is exactly what’s wrong with the K Street Republicans in Washington, DC.  Instead of fighting for hard-working families that struggle every day to make ends meet, they choose to attack them,” Ryun said in a statement released Thursday. “We work closely with the Tea Party movement and these people are salt of the earth Americans that take the future of our nation seriously. They are hurting from the costs of Obamacare and feel completely disenfranchised by the Washington elite. The last thing they deserve is to be disrespected by Grover Norquist and his so called ‘conservative’ operation. At the very least, the Tea Party deserves an apology from ATR.” editor Erick Erickson also highlighted the tweet on his blog on Thursday. 

“I’m pretty sure ATR has, in the past, sought to rally tea party activists to their cause,” Erickson wrote on his blog. “Just remember from now on that ATR’s tax policy director is pretty sure you guys are, in his words, ‘freaking retarded.'”

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Audience Development Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: