The Washington Post is reporting that the now infamous anti-tax, anti-Obama crazy tea-baggers were turned away this morning by officials. Their protest at Lafayette Square and the dumping of a million tea bags had to be scraped. The Post reports:
“There will be no tea-dumping in the Potomac River — that’s illegal — but organizers of today’s national tea party tax protest found out this morning that so is their plan to dump a million tea bags in Lafayette Square to demonstrate displeasure at government spending and tax policies.
Protesters, using a rented truck to haul the million tea bags, began unloading their cargo at the park this morning but were told by officials that they didn’t have proper permits and must move the tea. They complied with the order but are still considering what to do with the load.”
Hilarious. Politico had reported that a lot of the establishment Republicans weren’t so inclined to join the tea parties that are allegedly taking place all over the country. Paul Krugman has called the tea party fake trend “embarrassing.”
12:07 update: MSNBC is reporting that organizers have told them that the presenting of the tea bags will take place at libertarian think tank instead of Lafayette Square. Big time letdown. Salon’s Mike Madden is twittering crazy quotes from the protest(s).
12:35 p.m.: From Madden: “MCs now pleading with counterprotesters to clear out from in front of stage.”