#CPAC2013: Jenny Beth Martin

This morning, Jenny Beth Martin spoke at CPAC to an overfilled Chesapeake L conference room. She introduced Bill Norton, Master Instructor at the National Center for Constitutional Studies, and his seminar, “The Making of America: the Substance and Meaning of the Constitution.” The event was open to all registered CPAC attendees, and was sponsored by Tea Party Patriots.

Jenny Beth Martin is the co-founder and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization with more than 3,400 locally affiliated groups nationwide. Martin was openly critical of the GOP’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, writing in a November 2012 email, “We wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America’s founding principles… What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment.”

Martin continued her anti-establishment rhetoric at the meeting, noting that donations from Tea Party Patriot members (over 400,000 small-amount donors) go to working against “not just liberals, but also the GOP establishment.” Martin has her sights set on the future - and focused her points on appealing to high school and college students. One of her plans for reaching out to the youngest generation is to tie our current country to The Hunger Games. After encouraging attendees to buy the trilogy set and see the movie that came out last year, Martin showed a Tea Party Patriots-produced video that shows a dystopian society, one where the government’s leaders focus on Marxist ideals of redistributing wealth, being rebelled against by a small group of young people who don’t want to pay into the system. This video then led to Martin discussion on how Tea Party Patriots would be using technology to reach out to the targeted younger generation - something they demonstrated in the meeting when they handed out small cards (labeled with QR codes) - these small cards were the ID system for the citizens shown in the dystopian society video.

After her presentation, Martin opened the floor up for questions. These questions focused on combating negative perceptions of the Tea Party, and Wayne Dupree, a black conservative blogger and radio host, took over the floor for several minutes as he recounted his experiences with combating racist perceptions within his own family and community. Dupree also noted that social issues, like abortion, may be a way for Tea Party members to find a connection to the black community. This need to get in touch with the black community was also touched upon by one attendee who is a worker for the E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor campaign - Jackson is a black conservative lawyer running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Martin closed the presentation by focusing on upcoming Tea Party Patriots event at CPAC, including a Saturday panel being given by a lawyer who was hired (by TPP) to research the 20,000 pages of Obamacare regulations.