DENVER — It turns out not all Coloradans are appalled by the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.
Fresh-faced Caleb Bonham recently asked students at the University of Colorado Boulder to sign a giant thank-you card to the IRS for singling out Tea Party, patriot and religious groups for extra scrutiny. The card says, “Thank you IRS! Tea Party Deserves It!”
The students could have recoiled in disgust or denounced his effort as an attack on free speech–but instead, a lot of them signed the card.
“We’re sending a giant thank-you letter to the IRS thanking them for targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups. Want to write a quick message?” Bonham asks students in the two-minute video.
“Oh, cool,” says one signer. Another calls the controversy a “fake scandal” and that the decision to audit tax-exempt conservative organizations “makes sense.”
“I read about that and I thought it was pretty funny because the IRS is actually doing the right thing by doing the wrong thing at the same time, you know what I mean?” says another signer.
Bonham may look like a student, but he’s a former editor at Revealing Politics who knows how to channel his inner James O’Keefe. His video, released Tuesday by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, is already generating outrage among conservatives.
“‘Tolerant’ college kids thank the IRS for targeting the Tea Party,” said Americans for Prosperity Colorado in a tweet.
Video of Bonham’s exchange with several students is embedded below.