It's an old wingnut lineage, with roots in both right-wing and left-wing resistance to the federal government.
This idea is really the spawn of Mark Levin, the wingnut radio host, who has (of course) written a book about it.
And so it has come to this—the final wingnut Index of the 2010 campaign season, the gubernatorial edition.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is a grifter and a wingnut, but is he possibly a felon too?
The wingnut extremes encourage each other, providing fodder for a cycle of fear-mongering and fundraising.
wingnut begins to tell the young punks about the Unabomber Manifesto and the need to take up armed resistance against the state.
A new poll shows how the wingnut fringe is morphing into rank-and-file Republicanism.
In short, it has been a very weird year in American politics—angry and apocalyptic, sordid and surly—the Year of the wingnut.
His views might be extreme, but he did not come off as a wingnut while presenting them.
It has no latch and the throttle lever is held in any desired setting by the wingnut and quadrant shown in figure 18.
"nut with flared sides for turning with the thumb and forefinger;" so called for its shape. Meaning "weird person" recorded by 1989, probably not from the literal sense but from the secondary sense of nut, influenced perhaps by slang senses of wing in wing-ding "wild party," originally "fit, spasm" (1937). An earlier, British, sense of wingnut was "person with large, protruding ears" (1986).
A weird or insane person; weirdo, Nutcase: Too weird for me. You guys are wingnuts
[1980s+; probably fr wingy and nut]