One thing is certain, if Eric King was a member of the tea party he would be a household name in cities across America today.

King, 28, was charged Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s office in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 11, the 13th anniversary of 9/11,the Associated Press reported. The Democrat lawmaker’s office was empty at the time of the attack.

Adding to the volatility, King is white and Cleaver is black — Kansas City is a little more than 200 miles from Ferguson, the scene of weeks of unrest after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen.

The attempted firebombing failed because the bottles filled with alcohol did not ignite, according to the Associated Press. Paper towels were stuffed in the neck of the bottles and lit, but went out in mid-air.

King was identified after police checked surveillance tape from a nearby bank, according to authorities — he tends to stick out in a crowd.

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