At a Wisconsin rally on Saturday, Judson Phillips, CEO of "Tea Party Nation", one of the many tea party splinter groups, claimed that "the left" has "killed a billion people in the last century".

According to Politico, Phillips and other speakers heated up the rhetoric around Tuesday's historic recall elections, with one speaker referring to Democrats as terrorists who struck at a Republican "Ground Zero". Vince Shmuki, leader of another tea party group, the Ozaukee Patriots said, "This is ground zero. You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked."

Earlier this week, Judson Phillips compared protesters who opposed Governor Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers. On Saturday, he said, "I detest and despise everything the Left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me."

Phillips was appearing at a rally to support Republican State Senator Alberta Darling, who is locked in a heated struggle for her seat against Democratic Representative Sandy Pasch.