Grover Norquist: Beware of a second tea party wave

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist said Sunday that if President Obama pushes the nation over the "fiscal cliff," there will be a tea party backlash stronger than the movement that influenced the 2010 midterm elections. 

"Tea Party two is going to dwarf tea party one if Obama pushes us off the cliff," warned Norquist on NBC's "Meet The Press."


Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, has become a central figure in negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, with some congressional Republicans signaling a willingness to violate his no-new-taxes pledge to avert the "fiscal cliff." Norquist said he believes televising the negotiations would prevent tax increases from being part of any deal. 

"If people watch this on C-SPAN, then you won't have higher taxes," he said. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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