Bear with me here on this one. Most of the people who use "Teabagger" in a negative way to describe tea party protesters typically also claim its a white conservative movement in the country. So based on the fact that it is hurtful speech directed at a people who are looked at as white, conservative, and angry at the govt is calling them "Teabaggers" hatespeach akin to other derogatory words used for various groups of people. The tea party is also considered a specific social group so it could come under that classification also. hate speech - Legal Definition Speech not protected by the First Amendment, because it is intended to foster hatred against individuals or groups based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, place of national origin, or other improper classification. hate speech: Definition from Answers.com Bigoted speech attacking or disparaging a social or ethnic group or a member of such a group. Hate speech - Definition is a controversial term for speech intended to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against someone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. The term covers written as well as oral communication. It sure sounds like it qualifies as hate speech so I may have to watch myself with that term in the future.