Protester Identified in Abuse of Man With Parkinson’s Disease

Many of us were shocked by the scene of Tea Party activists attacking a disabled man with Parkinson’s disease who held a sign calling for health care reform. One man threw money at Robert A. Letcher, 60, and began screaming uncontrollably that him. The man has now been identified as Chris Reichert and he has issued an apology.

Letcher, a former nuclear engineer, suffers from Parkinson’s, was attacked while sitting in front of Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office. Since my father died after years with Parkinson’s (here and here), the video was particularly disturbing to watch Letcher dealing with such bullies.

Reichert now says “I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way.”

He has added “I made a donation (to a local Parkinson’s disease group) and that starts the healing process.”

For the story, click here.

111 thoughts on “Protester Identified in Abuse of Man With Parkinson’s Disease”

  1. Buddha:

    I finally see the error of my ways, you are right about capitalism and I have decided to become a socialist. thanks for the enlightenment.

  2. David Letterman interview with Sand Point, Idaho Tea Party President (Part 1)


  3. Sam,

    They should have chosen their name carefully.

    They could have chosen “The Rusty Nail Movement” or “The Pearl Necklace Party”.

    But they did indeed have a choice how the media labels them:

    “It all began on CNBC, where a newsman in Chicago proposed an updated version of the Boston Tea Party to protest the Obama Adminstration’s bailouts and stimulus plan. “No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry of the original protesters, who dressed as Native Americans and threw British tea overboard in Boston Harbor.

    The “tea party” concept spread through the Internet and right-wing talk shows such as Sean Hannity and Fox News, which has become a sort-of sponsor of these rallies.” From :

    They make their sign-age. What the RNC doesn’t pay for anyway. They could have gone with a Jefferson motif by wresting control of the terms before the media latched on to the obvious, but noooooooo.

    They went with tea baggers.

    “Mail tea bags to your representatives as a protest!”

    Cause and effect.

    If they don’t like the name? I suggest they take it up with that fascist street walker Sean Hannity and his pimp Roger Ailes, who’s FAUXNews has single-handedly done more to promote the term and their cause than any other propaganda fake news outlet.

  4. Mespo and Buddha,

    Remember, Theology and Dungeons and Dragons arguments can only be settled if everyone’s using the same edition of the rules books.

  5. “Woosty: you are disagreeing with me to agree with me?”

    No, I think we may have some similiar beliefs, but I don’t think the ‘left’ is all evil and the ‘right’ is all morally correct, or vice-versa. The problem with extremes is that they are, well, extreme.

    “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    Anais Nin

  6. Duh,

    That’s “whoopsy-dixism” you’re thinking of with the possum. Not to be confused with “dixism inebriatum” which may lead to “whoopshy-dixism” but is a distinct malady in itself.

  7. Byron,

    I think “Ipse-dixism” is what the drunk guy intended to do with the possum. 🙂

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