Consider one major former Tea Party leader: Mark Williams.
The San Francisco Bay-area hate radio host called President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug." In a July 2010 blog post Williams said that African American slavery had been a “great gig.”
The Tea Party Express was founded in California in 2009 by Republican political consultants Howard Kaloogian and Sal Russo. The group contributed about $250,000 to the failed Delaware Senate campaign of Christine O'Donnell in 2010 and more than $500,000 the same year to support Sharon Angle in her unsuccessful bid against Democrat Harry Reid. (See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/us/politics/19russo.html)
Williams also instigated much of anger against the opening of a Muslim community center in Manhattan - the falsely labeled "Ground Zero Mosque." (See http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-07-18/news/27070288_1_mark-williams-mosque-ground-zero). He labelled the proposed center a "temple to terrorists" and said it would be used so Muslims could worship their "monkey god." (See http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/mark_williams_the_monkey_god_a.html).
(For more on Birthers, see http://republicanracism.blogspot.com/2012/02/republican-racism-example-29-that-whole_28.html. For more on right-wing Republican depictions of Obama as an ape or monkey, see http://republicanracism.blogspot.com/2012/03/republican-racism-example-40-new-york.html. For more on the right-wing perception that Obama is a secret Muslim, see http://republicanracism.blogspot.com/2012/03/republican-racism-example-35-those.html).