Tea Partiers Dance On Eric Cantor’s Grave With Celebratory Tweets

June 10, 2014 9:32 p.m.

Tea Partiers were downright giddy that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost the Republican primary in his district to tea party challenger David Brat on Tuesday night.

At Buzzfeed noted, Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) staff were pretty vocal with joy over Twitter. Here is Chip Roy, Cruz’s chief of staff:

And here’s Cruz speechwriter Amanda Carpenter:

Donald Trump also jumped on the bandwagon.

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Here’s Daniel Horowitz, policy director for The Madison Project, a conservative outside group that regularly boosts tea party challengers:

There was also Nick Dyer, the former policy director for North Carolina tea party Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon. Dyer said it was more important that Cantor lost than Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won in his primary in the face of multiple primary challengers.

Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks, another conservative outside group, also quickly released a statement congratulating Brat. Here’s Kibbe’s statement:

Congratulations to Dave Brat on his huge upset. The statement from the grassroots could not be any clearer. It doesn’t matter what office you hold or how powerful you are. If you lose touch with activists on the ground, then your seat is in danger.

The grassroots are taking their seat back at the table and returning
accountability to Washington. Votes on Capitol Hill will be heard back in the district. If you stop representing your voters, they will hold you accountable at the voting booth. We are proud to stand with Dave Brat in his election and look forward to working with him to reform Washington, D.C.

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