Osama bin Laden
Tea Partiers begrudgingly celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden in spite of the fact that the order for his assassination was given by the president they loathe so much. The day after bin Laden was killed, Tea Party nation leader Judson Phillips wrote, “It took almost 10 years, but Osama is dead. That is the good news. The bad news is Obama is going to do what most politicians do, especially the liberal politicians. He is going to take credit for something that not only he had little to do with, but had we actually listened to him, the event would never have happened.” Not only that, he made the speech during Celebrity Apprentice, which was clearly, according to several Tea Party supporters, a dig at then-potential presidential candidate Donald Trump. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many of those occupying Wall Street are of the conspiracy-minded belief that Osama bin Laden’s death at the hand of Navy Seals this May was, in fact, a hoax. Theories abound as to whether he’s still alive or actually has been dead for years, with some accusing the Obama administration of faking the terrorist’s death as a promotional propaganda.
Left: A Tea Party Express rally in Washington, D.C., on March 16, 2010; Right: Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City on Sept. 30, 2011.