The grassroots organization Tea Party Patriots saw a record turnout Thursday for a “tele-townhall” with nearly 104,000 participants dialing in.
The tele-townhall was called to discuss the government shutdown and featured U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-OK.
In an exclusive report, Breitbart News reported that the previous record for an event was 67,000, which occurred a few weeks back. The turnout on Thursday indicates just how popular Cruz has become in the wake of his heroic 21 hour quasi-filibuster last week in opposition to funding Obamacare.
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said “no special measures were taken to draw the crowd — only the standard Facebook post for two hours and a robocall earlier in the day,” according to Breitbart News.
“The Democrats have been explicit,” Cruz told those on the call. “They want to use this fight to kill the tea party. That is what they have said.”
Cruz offered a call to action activists could take to stop Obamacare,