A New Report Sheds Light on the Tea Party’s IRS Delusion

A man walks into the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C., on March 10th, 2016.

In the conservative fever swamps that shroud the Trump era of American politics, there were few greater abuses of power perpetrated by the heinous regime of Barack Obama than the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal. The May of 2013 disclosure that the IRS had allegedly targeted for “intensive review” the right-leaning political organizations that formed the core of the Tea Party tax revolt in 2009 and “wantonly disclosed confidential documents,” and engaged in other “inappropriate” activity sparked a years-long outcry from libertarian and economic conservatives. It was, as Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin insisted on the four-year anniversary of the scandal this past May, “motivated by political animus and caused untold—incalculable, even—devastation to conservatives and to conservative groups.”

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