Tea party rally in Racine draws estimated 3,200
RACINE, Wis. (AP) – A tea party rally in Racine has drawn thousands of supporters, along with a handful of protesters.
Police and event organizers say about 3,200 people gathered Saturday at Pershing Park.
The Journal Times of Racine says many carried handmade signs saying things like “Don’t tread on me,” and “No laws should have more words than the American constitution.”
Speakers included U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. The Republican says the point of the movement is to re-create the government and take the country back.
A number of speakers defended the tea party movement from national criticism accusing some members of being racist.
Half a dozen students from Horlick High School showed up to protest. One teen criticized the tea party’s politics as too right-wing.