Here’s author [UCI Associate Professor] Michael Tesler in his book "Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama Era” summing up the state of knowledge: “There is a good deal of social scientific evidence to support claims that both Tea Party members, and those who sympathize with them, were driven at least in part by racial conservatism.” … Tesler cautions that it would be unfair to “broadly” brand Tea Party activists as racists, considering that adherence was driven by several factors.

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