Something that Green Eagle has been talking about for years. I'm taking no great credit for this, because it should have been obvious to every single person who examined this fabricated nonsense:
"A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.
Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption."
I spent a long time, in the period of 2008 to 2010 or so, documenting the obvious fact that the Tea Party "movement" was a charade, created by the likes of the Koch brothers to claim some sort of popular support for their loathsome agenda. Well, here is some scientific evidence, if you needed any, to prove something which was totally clear from the beginning. If you have any interest in this issue, which managed for some time to pollute our national political discourse, read the rest.