On Friday, Minority Leader John Boehner put his last hopes on the protesters. "Republicans can't beat this bill, but the American people can. It's not too late to make your voice heard," he said in his weekly address.
On Saturday came the response.
Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman
McClatchy DC Excerpt:
WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "nigger" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s....Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said he was a few yards behind Lewis and distinctly heard "nigger."....Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as 'homo.' A writer for The Huffington Post said the protesters called Frank a "faggot."
"You represent the people of the United States...Don't be faint hearted, don't be weary of doing well with all your might today. Knock on those doors and make your case!" Rep. Michele Bachmann implored them.