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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

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

The coming purge of conservative lawyers

America has a noble tradition of lawyers standing up for unpopular causes. John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence, defended British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre. Lawyers have stood up though out the history of the Republic and have not been shy about offering their opinions. Published August 15, 2016

Republican and Democratic party symbols

The fall of political-party dominance

Both political parties are looking to the sky at the bright shiny objects hurtling towards them. And like the dinosaurs of ancient earth, they are looking at their doom. Published August 3, 2016

Tea party-candidate Joe Carr, Tennessee Republican, is running against Sen. Lamar Alexander. (Photo: Joe Carr campaign for Senate)

The Dave Brat of 2016

Two years ago, people who read my columns in The Washington Times heard something they were not hearing about anyplace else. The sitting House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, was in trouble and would be beaten in his primary. Published July 27, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A Republican without a party

On a beautiful October day in 1972, I went out with some others to put out yard signs for Richard Nixon. Published July 22, 2016

Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, and his wife, Dr. Jessica Durham, walk past protesters advocating for the passage of Gov. Bill Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal as the Durhams walk to the Capitol on the opening day of the second session of the 109th General Assembly Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Rep. Durham was the sponsor of the law that required Haslam to seek Legislative approval for any effort to seek Medicaid expansion. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) **FILE**

Jeremy Durham fighting the establishment in Tennessee

Something unfortunate happened on the road to political success for Jeremy Durham. He did what his constituents wanted him to do instead of what the Republican establishment wanted him to do. Published July 10, 2016

FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

FBI on Hillary's emails: Equal justice under the law no more

In an absolutely stunning move, FBI Director James Comey announced on Tuesday that there would be no criminal referral to the Department of Justice for Hillary Clinton. Comey's announcement is the latest escape for the Clintons, who have dodged more indictments than your average mafia boss. Published July 5, 2016

In this frame grab taken from AP video Georgia Rep. John Lewis, center, leads a sit-in of more than 200 Democrats in demanding a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists in the aftermath of last week's massacre in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people in a gay nightclub.  Rebellious Democrats shut down the House's legislative work on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers' weeklong break.  (AP Photo)

House Democrats' sit-in

The left-wing clown car stopped on Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Democrats went nuts and decided to have a sit-in and not allow the House of Representatives to do any work. Published June 23, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican (Associated Press/File)

Time for Marco Rubio to run again by June 24

Every four years, Florida becomes the center of the American political universe. The conventional wisdom is that no Republican can win the White House without carrying Florida. Published June 13, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (Photo/Mary Altaffer)

It's now or never for #NEVERTRUMP

On May 3, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz unexpectedly suspended his campaign for president and the Republican presidential primary season effectively ended. But something unusual happened on the way to Donald Trump's coronation. Published June 13, 2016

The U.S. government alleged that ASSA Corp. was created by Iran's Bank Melli to hold its interest in a building located at 650 Fifth Ave. in New York. The building's construction had been partly financed by a Bank Melli loan, U.S. Treasury said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/File)

Embarrassing justice: When American lawyers represent Iran

Outside of Camp Lajeune in North Carolina sits a simple memorial. Written on it are the words, "They came in peace." It is the memorial to the 241 Marines, soldiers and sailors who died on Oct. 23, 1983, when Iran sent a suicide bomber to blow up their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Published June 3, 2016

In this March 17, 2016, file photo, travelers wait in line for security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) **FILE**

Abolish the TSA

Millions of Americans are heading to the airport this summer for personal or business travel. They will be subjected to that miserable government failure called the Transportation Security Administration or TSA. Published May 22, 2016

The aftermath of a suicide truck bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983. The blast claimed the lives of 241 American service members. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier, File)

Why is an American law firm representing Iran?

The early morning calm of October 23, 1983, was shattered when an Iranian suicide bomber drove a truck with 21,000 pounds of explosives into the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Two-hundred-forty-one Marines, soldiers and sailors were killed. Another 115 Americans were wounded. Published May 16, 2016

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wears buttons supporting Trump during a rally in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Donald Trump and the death of the GOP

It is hard for any sane Republican to look towards this fall and see anything but destruction and the death of the Grand Old Party. The cause of the death for the GOP will be Donald Trump. Published May 9, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ** FILE **

Donald Trump gets thrown some chin music

Someone threw Donald Trump a little chin music. If the presidential race were a baseball game and liberal New York billionaire were batting, he would be on the ground, picking himself up, after receiving a high and tight fastball. In baseball, high and tight fastballs are a message from a pitcher to a batter. Last week, someone sent Mr. Trump a message with all of the subtlety of a horse's head in his bed. Published May 3, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event at Stephen Decatur High School, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Berlin, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump supporters, you've been punked

Conservatives have warned for the last ten months that Donald Trump, the bombastic New York billionaire, was no conservative. Looking at the positions Mr. Trump has taken over his lifetime, it is impossible to call him a conservative. Published April 22, 2016