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Teabagger doesn't imply anything to most people (not even me, even though I learned what it means to gay men). If I call someone a tea bagger, I picture one of them wearing a hat covered with tea bags, and ladies serving traditional tea at teatime.

The term "teabagger" originated with the Tea Party itself. For example, right wing pundit Charles Krauthammer talks about the "tea bag demonstrations on Fox News:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miROUdyjmAo

Fox News reporter urges viewers to "tea bag the Whitehouse!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz4Z1pvCUbo

More instances of Tea Partiers urging tea bagging or calling themselves tea baggers:

http://washingtonindependent.com/67191/the-slur-that-must-no...

http://washingtonindependent.com/31868/scenes-from-the-new-a...

https://americansforprosperity.org/030209-after-tea-party-wh...

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Bottom line is that while their choice of a metaphor was unfortunately, they are the ones who picked it. I don't see how that is hate speech.
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