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Washington Post Columnist Says Tea Party ‘Must Repress A Gag Reflex’ Over Interracial Marriage

Once again, the progressive elite are expressing their complete ignorance about Tea Party activists.

In Richard Cohen’s Washington Post commentary, “Christie’s tea-party problem,” he falsely claims Tea Party activists are “cultural conservatives” disturbed by “cultural changes” in our country.

Cohen outrageously said Tea Party supporters “must repress a gag reflex” regarding interracial marriage:

Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.

As with the Dixiecrats, the fight is not over a particular program — although Obamacare comes close — but about a tectonic shift of attitudes.

Cohen is wrong on all points. First, as a Tea Party activist, I know the movement is built on fiscal issues and it’s motivated by reigning in our government that has gone wild. ObamaCare and the massive growth of government are the issues that drive our activism.

Second, as a spouse in an interracial marriage, I know from personal experience that Tea Party activists are not concerned about my marriage. Both Tom and I are warmly received and welcomed at Tea Party events and rallies around the country and on many occasions, we are asked to speak on the same agenda.

In fact, we are the dinner speakers for The Carolina Patriots Tea Party event, “An Evening with Deneen and Tom Borelli,” on Friday, November 15 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Ironically, the criticism I get about my marriage is from the Left.

The full scale assault against Tea Party activists continues from all angles from being called racists, extremists, and red necks to attacks on interracial marriages.

Cohen should apologize to Tea Party activists for disparaging the character of freedom-loving Americans.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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