The Tea Party Movement is overwhelmingly comprised of concerned, law abiding citizens energized with "American Spirit." It embraces many noble principles as well as sincere goals and objectives.
Its members are not "terrorists" as some have claimed. It is not an extremist movement. Nevertheless, it presents a radical climate for extremists to recruit and network. It serves as a breeding ground for extremism and provides a gateway for those in pursuit of more radical or potentially criminal and violent actions. The Tea Party Movement embraces, and thus legitimizes, antigovernment conspiracy theories such as the 9/11 Truth Seekers (those who endorse unsubstantiated conspiracy theories related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks), the Birthers (who believe President Obama is not a U.S. citizen or hiding his "Muslim" identity) and the Three-Percenters (people who self-identify with the alleged 3% of Americans who armed themselves to fight the British during the Revolutionary War).
To its detriment, the Tea Party has not openly denounced extremism, conspiracy theories and racism within its ranks nor done enough to distance itself from the antigovernment extremists and white supremacists who have infiltrated its membership.