A New Hampshire Tea Party head has said that he hopes the majority justices in the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act get “get colon cancer,” according to the Merrimack Patch. Mike Malzone, founder of the Merrimack, New Hampshire Tea Party joined the ranks of conservatives who are heaping opprobrium upon the heads of the Supreme Court, who upheld the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature piece of domestic legislation as constitutional on Thursday.
Conservatives have exhibited a veritable rainbow of bad reactions to Thursday’s announcement. Former Fox News personality Glenn Beck has taken to selling Chief Justice John Roberts T-shirts that say “Coward” on his website ($30 plus shipping and handling). Matt Drudge and others have been blaming the ruling on Roberts’s epilepsy medication, although presumably his ruling on Citizens United was not affected by the same factors.
Merrimack, New Hampshire libertarian and Tea Party president Mike Malzone has gone further than others in his outrage, declaring in a Facebook post on the Merrimack Tea Party page, “I hope the (5 supremes) get colon cancer.”
When the post was met with outrage, Malzone backtracked a day later, while waxing lachrymose.
“I didn’t wish for anyone to die, but I said I do wish for them to feel our pain,” he said. “No one cares about me, they all make their promises and then go do what they goddamn feel.”
Malzone was a Merrimack city councilman who contemplated, but never followed through on making a run to unseat Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH). Guinta signed a compromise bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in summer of 2011, a move that disappointed many Tea Partiers.
“It’s easy to talk the talk, but when you get there, you need to walk the walk,” he said at the time, “We’ve got nothing to lose except this country.”
With regards to wishing cancer on members of the nation’s highest court, Malzone told the Patch that he’s not a hateful person, and that “he loves serving his community and giving back and he’s the first to help a neighbor if they need it.”
To the Tea Party leader, the Supreme Court ruling was a personal breaking point.
“I’m so fed up, I’ll do anything for anybody,” he said, “but they’re breaking me, they’re breaking me down.”
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