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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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Articles by Judson Phillips

In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas listen as Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Confessions of a Never Trumper

May 3, 2016, was not one of the best days of my life. I was a media surrogate for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as he ran for president. The heady days of January and the Iowa caucus had been replaced by the grim struggle to simply stay in the race. I traveled from New Hampshire to South Carolina, to Florida, to Indiana and other places I've lost track of at this point. Published February 20, 2017

Protesters cheer at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Will conservatives ever get in the fight?

When President Trump won the election, the left went nuts, and it wasn't just the crazy far-left activists who lost it. Liberals en masse have used boycott pressure to push corporations to do their will. When will conservatives give these left-leaning companies a taste of their own medicine? Published February 11, 2017

Sally Yates should be disbarred

Sally Yates was an obscure, left-wing activist who spent her career at the U.S. Department of Justice. She had risen to become the No. 2 person in that department and was tapped to be acting Attorney General until the Senate can confirm Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General. Published January 31, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements after signing the order during a visit to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The shocking presidency of Donald Trump

As Donald Trump closes out his first week as the 45th president of the United States, he is doing something that is totally shocking. He is doing something revolutionary. He is doing something unheard of in Washington. Published January 26, 2017

Scott Veley of Kensington, Conn. holds a Gadsden flag during a tea party protest at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, April 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) **FILE**

There will never be a liberal Tea Party

Power is the drug liberals live for and now they are going through the agony of withdrawal. That's why a liberal answer to the Tea Party will never succeed. Published January 7, 2017

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Obama may get the U.S. out of the U.N.

Even as the waning days of the Obama regime are upon us, the spectacular level of its incompetence remains consistent. The Republican Party should jump for joy and always remember the truism, "Never complain about incompetent opposition. They could get better." Published December 30, 2016

In this July 12, 2016, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin takes questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Why the GOP needs to fulfill Trump's tax pledge

George H.W. Bush's famous quote, "Read my lips. No new taxes," became the quote most associated with his presidency. But by 1991, he had broken that pledge and voters never forgave him for it. Published December 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Will Trump Revolution drain the swamp?

In early 1981, as Ronald Reagan prepared to become the 40th President of the United States, people were already haling the Reagan Revolution. Liberals screamed at President Reagan's appointees, even though the only one who was remotely controversial was Interior Department nominee, James Watt. Watt was controversial because he was a conservative and the left thought they owned the Department of the Interior. Published December 14, 2016

Emad Salem, 43, the confidential informant in an alleged bombing plot, June 17, 1993 in Jersey City, N.J. Escorting blind Muslim clericSheik Omar Abdul-Rahman at a news conference at the Sheik' s apartment In Jersey City . (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)

Christmas comes on Jan. 20

By Jan. 20, President Obama will be gone and President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to lead America for four or possibly eight years. But there is still a month and a half left for Mr. Obama to do as much damage has he can on the way out. Published December 4, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Is it time to give Donald Trump a chance?

In less than three weeks, the euphoria has faded and the reality of leading is setting in. Some people who were adamant Trump supporters are now complaining about his decisions. Now the cries abound on social media that President-elect Trump has "betrayed" his base. Published November 27, 2016

Students at the University of Texas at Austin lead a protest down to Congress Bridge Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of University of Texas students march through downtown Austin in protest of Donald Trump's presidential victory. (Joshua Guerra/The Daily Texan via AP)

Stop funding college-campus nanny state

The last ballots had not even been counted when the left went bat guano crazy. Liberals rioted in the streets. On college campuses, colleges and universities offered "counseling" for students shocked by the results. Published November 13, 2016

Longtime Clinton ally James Carville said Monday that FBI Director James Comey's bombshell letter to lawmakers last week was a concerted effort by the FBI and House Republicans to "hijack an election." (MSNBC)

A tale of two parties

The 2016 race for the presidency will go down as the most unbelievable election in the history of the United States. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has turned nasty. But even more than turning nasty, it has shown a fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Published November 1, 2016

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a product event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Google launched an aggressive challenge to Apple and Samsung, introducing its own new line of smartphones called Pixel, which are designed to showcase a digital helper the company calls "Google Assistant." The new phones represent a big, new push by Google to sell its own consumer devices, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

When fascism comes to America

When fascism comes to America, it will be adorned with corporate logos. Liberal fascism is taking over America and its proponents are corporations. Published October 12, 2016

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence "is the most conservative vice presidential nominee" in 50 years, according to the American Conservative Union. (Associated Press)

The Party of Stupid

There are few names that really stick to the Republican Party like the Party of Stupid. The GOP really should trademark that name. Published October 5, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at the Downtown Toledo Train Station in Toledo, Ohio, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Comrade Clinton and the Trump taxes

Early in last week's presidential debate, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, along with her debate partner and alleged moderator Lester Holt, raised the issue of Donald Trump's tax returns. Published October 3, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry addresses the crowd at Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File) **FILE**

The People's Republic of Nashville

Few people would think anyone would start calling Nashville, the "People's Republic of Nashville." Unfortunately, Nashville is not the conservative city most people think it is. Published September 20, 2016

President-elect Barack Obama, left, stands with Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, at a news conference in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Obama gives away the internet and, with it, our liberty

It is no great shock that President Obama does not like American control of the internet. The internet was an American invention and America shared it with the world. American values of freedom and liberty created the Internet and allowed it to flourish. Now, in one of his last acts, Obama wants to destroy the Internet. Published September 13, 2016

Gary Johnson won the party's presidential nomination on the second ballot with 55.8 percent of the delegate vote, giving him a second shot at the presidency after winning about 1.72 million votes as the party's candidate in 2012. (Associated Press)

Let Gary Johnson debate

On Sept. 7, NBC and MSNBC will present an event called The Commander in Chief forum. While there is some irony in this forum being hosted by the "Karl Marx Channel," there is a huge problem with this forum and the subsequent debates planned for this fall. Published August 30, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) **FILE**

The Republican Maginot line

While the GOP is busy fighting the last war, a new war is upon them and the Republican establishment is ill prepared to deal with it. The new war is the Trump war. Published August 23, 2016