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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.

Articles by Judson Phillips

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump  speaks to the media in the spin room after the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Donald Trump: liar or delusional?

New York businessman Donald Trump has turned his career in reality television into another reality show. This reality show is the American nightmare of his presidential candidacy. Mr. Trump has sucked the air out of the primary so that real conservatives, such as Ted Cruz, are having trouble getting their messages out. Published February 15, 2016

JUDSON PHILLIPS: How will Donald Trump handle Vladimir Putin?

Donald Trump, the brash New York billionaire and reality TV star, has made his way into the top of the Republican presidential contenders with one simple message. That is, "I can handle business." Whether he is talking about illegal aliens, terrorism, the economy or Vladimir Putin, his mantra is, he will handle it. Published January 27, 2016

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**

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Why did we have the Tea Party?

2009 was the year of the Tea Party. Tea Party activists organized rallies and events. At the rallies, the Tea Party protested the out of control spending of the Obama Regime. Published January 24, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks in Hanover, N.H. There was a time when Democrats fretted about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign becoming a coronation, leaving her without the tests of a primary season to prepare for a general election matchup against the Republican nominee. In the past two weeks, the race for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination has evolved from relatively civil disagreement over policy into a contentious winter competition between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) **FILE**

JUDSON PHILLIPS: The Democrats’ dilemma

On the Democrat side, everyone assumes Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, with Bernard Sanders giving her only token opposition. Are the Democrats ready to feel the Bern? If not, they had better. Published January 17, 2016

At times funny, at other times puzzling, actor-director Clint Eastwood addressed an imaginary President Obama sitting in a chair during an appearance at the Republican National Convention. (Associated Press)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Barack Obama and the empty chair

Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address. The State of the Union Address long ago turned into political theater. Mr. Obama announced there would be an empty chair at the address. Published January 12, 2016

In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan. Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Motion Picture & Television Fund joined a growing list of organizations and individuals Monday, May 5, 2014, refusing to do business with hotels owned by the Sultan or government of Brunei to protest the country’s new penal code that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, file)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Merry Christmas, Brunei

The clock is counting down toward Christmas. On the 25th, most of the world will celebrate Christmas. Russia and part of Orthodox Eastern Europe will celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6th because of differences in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Published December 22, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Who will stop the IRS?

Emboldened by the failure of the Republicans to act, the IRS is moving again. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service proposed a regulation that would "give" non-profits, including 501C4 groups, the "option" of recording the Social Security numbers of donors who contribute $250 or more. What could possibly go wrong? Published December 6, 2015

Refugees rest on the roadside after police stopped them near the border between Austria and Germany, in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: The coming rape of America

No, this is not the feminazi version of rape, where a woman can decide much later that a consensual sexual encounter was actually rape. No, this is the worst form of violent, nonconsensual, criminal rape. Published November 30, 2015

Young women have formed  the word Paris with candles to mourn for the victims killed in  Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Politicize the Paris attacks

On Oct. 1, 2015, a gunman shot people at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The next day, Barack Obama announced he would politicize the event and push for gun control. Published November 14, 2015

Kentucky Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, right, and his wife, Glenna, react to the cheers of supporters during his introduction at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Bevin has defeated Democrat Jack Conway to become only the second Republican governor in the state in four decades. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: 8 Takeaways from the 2015 elections

The off-year elections were held Tuesday, and three states elected governors and Virginia held state legislative seats. The conventional wisdom was the Republicans would take the red states (Mississippi and Louisiana) and the Democrats would take Kentucky. Published November 4, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan is the youngest speaker in 150 years, according to a historical analysis. (Associated Press)

JUDSON PHILLIPS: Give Paul Ryan a chance

Paul Ryan had not yet been born when John Lennon sang "Give peace a chance." The Wisconsin Republican has now been elected the speaker of the House of Representatives and for a moment, his theme song should be "Give Paul Ryan a chance." Published October 30, 2015