Hoffa responds, reaffirms tea party remarks
September 6th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
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Hoffa responds, reaffirms tea party remarks

(CNN) - Teamsters President Jim Hoffa stood by comments he made at an event Monday, where he referred to Republicans as "sons of bitches," after receiving criticism from members of the tea party movement, including Sarah Palin.

In a statement Tuesday, Hoffa said his comments at the event echoed the sentiments of American workers who are "under attack by corporate-funded politicians who want to destroy the middle class."

"We're tired of seeing good-paying jobs shipped overseas. This fight is about the economy, it's about jobs and it's about rebuilding America," Hoffa said. "As I said yesterday in Detroit, we all have to vote in order to take these anti-worker politicians out of office."

Hoffa said his entire speech shows he was "referring to voting out the Tea Party politicians in 2012, not inciting violence against members of Tea Party organizations."

Speaking onstage before the president arrived at a Labor Day rally Monday, he stressed the importance of creating American jobs and in part blamed members of the tea party movement for stalling action in Washington.

"President Obama, we want one thing, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. That is what we are going to tell him," Hoffa said. "And when he sees what we are doing here, he will be inspired. But he needs help and you know what, everybody here has got a vote. If we go back and we keep the eye on the prize. Let's take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong."

The Tea Party Express quickly responded to the comments in an email to supporters and Chairwoman Amy Kremer told CNN Tuesday the comments were "disgraceful."

"This is essentially calling for violence," Kremer said on CNN "Newsroom." "Anybody that says let's 'take out these SOBs,' that is absurd and not the language we should be using when we're having these conversations."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to criticize the comments as "outrageously wrong."

- CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    so when a guy like this "doubles down" on his statements I guess it's wrong.

    September 6, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    I stand by my comments also. They are racist pigs with no moral or ethical understanding of Christ's teachings and I hope the American people kick them ALL out in 2012.

    September 6, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. patNY

    Well, at least he's not holding signs depicting our president as a Zulu witch doctor and insisting he's not racist.

    September 6, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. chill

    Maybe Hoffa shoudl just have put gun sights on the Tea Partiers ala Palin. Guess they don't like it so much when they are the targets,huh? Bout time someone stood up to those Tea Party thugs and gave them some of their own. I just can't stand their attitude that they are the American people and the heck with the rest of us.

    September 6, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Dee

    Amen Mr. Hoffa, and these Tea Bagger hippocrits have no right to even mention inciting violence after the last election with the "cross hair triggers" and 4th amendment remedies!

    September 6, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Expat American

    The Tea Party are the only disgraceful ones. They sound like Nazi collaborators complaining of mistreatment after Liberation.

    September 6, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to criticize the comments as "outrageously wrong."
    The truth is slowly leaking out about the Tea Party and Republicans, finally. They are hypocrites. They hold up one set of rules for you, and another set of rules for the themselves. Nobody complains when Limbaugh makes his outrageous remarks, nor does anyone demand apologies from conservatives holding elected office. And in case conservatives have not noticed, Hoffa is talksing about jobs, manufacturing jobs specifically.

    Can anyone out there tell me what the Tea Party plan is to create jobs? Anyone out there who like to take the mic? All that I have heard from leading voices in the Tea Party is criticism, without alternative solutions. When you serve up criticism without offering solutions, then that is no longer criticism. It is called something else that rhymes with pitching.

    September 6, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. af

    He souldn't use this languaege, however the war against the middle class is the ti-party and some republican' goal

    September 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Joe

    I'm glad SOMEBODY is willing to tell it like it is and stick by their remarks. Enough of kissing the behinds of the right wing crazies. They only see every attempt at civility as weakness. Let em have it!

    September 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Johnie

    Hmm...it's OK for Palin to put crosshairs on opponents' pictures in ads yet not OK for this guy to utter "take out." Seems as if someone has "taken out" every Tea Bagger's brains.

    September 6, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "This is essentially calling for violence," Kremer said on CNN "Newsroom."
    No. Not so. This is YOU and yours hoping to God almighty that you can misuse this mans' words to justify any acts of violence that you've been itching to perpetrate is more like it.
    Grew up with people like you in the South Bronx. Found out early on that as soon as I showed a willingness to beat their ass or get my ass beaten they would back off. We called them punks. We still do.
    Obama 2012

    September 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. Hoffa PLEASE do not apologize.

    September 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Go to hell Hoffa - Union make up 3% of the jobs across the countryi

    Impeach hussein obama – this country is in dire need of a leader not a liar.

    2012 cant come soon enough!

    September 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. RN

    The republicans have been the ones to call on people to "take back the country" and exercise their second amendment rights. Sarah Palin had cross-hairs over Democrats she wanted to target. Maybe they need to stop calling for violence.

    September 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. SLK 65

    This Guy is moron!!!! Unions are such a joke, the working class people my ass. there are more people in this country that are not part of the union then are a part of it. The union is the reason why all the jobs went over seas, you think some company wants to pay double for it's workers. Look at the auto industry, Chevy pays what like 30 an hour for it's line People. The japs pay some where around 15 to 18 and put out a better product..... more for less. I stick with German made cars myself!

    September 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Hey Mr. Hoffa, don't retreat, reload!!! Who cares about the teatards fragile sensiblities? I certainly don't. They've waged war on workers and when we address this fascists teapublicans, don't bite your tongue.

    September 6, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. AK_steve

    Hooray for Hoffa. Finally someone with the b@lls to fight back against the attack on middle class Americans. It's time to call it like it is: republicans are doing everything they can to engage in class warfare. Finally someone representing the working class speaks out. Go Hoffa – a new American Hero.

    September 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Hoffa said his comments at the event echoed the sentiments of American workers who are "under attack by corporate-funded politicians who want to destroy the middle class."
    How have Obama's policies played out for the middle class so far? Not so good, huh? How about the Wall Street financiers and the oil and power companies? They live like kings now that Obama's policies have kicked in. Does Hoffa think the middle class is stupid? Apparently.

    September 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Rickster

    "We're tired of seeing good-paying jobs shipped overseas." said Hoffa.
    These union idiots will never understand that the reason the jobs are being shipped overseas is because the unions(with their demands) and the democrats(with their policies) are driving companies away from here.

    September 6, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Mike

    Good for Hoffa give them hell!

    September 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. wow

    And What has the Tea Party and the Republican congress been doing?????

    September 6, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Good for him. Call those hypocrites out. The fake outrage from those gun loons & their gun sights, "we came unarmed this time" "2nd ammendment remedies" (I can go on) is laughable.

    September 6, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. queenofromania

    Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer, are you serious about 'disgraceful' remarks? Have you ever heard of the pot calling the kettle black? I can think of a lot worse to call someone who is out to destroy America's middle class than SOB. Don't criticize the American worker for his/her anger at your failure to encourage responsible government. Criticize yourself for eating our future.

    September 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Bessy

    Stand your ground Jim and DO NOT APPOLOGIZE . It really is time that we stand up for the American workers.
    He is right to blame the Tea Party Movement. They are responsible for many of the problems that our country faces.

    September 6, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. MedaBlkman

    LMBAOOOOO......................GOPers/KKKers/teabaggers.........................that is what you all do "call for violence" and your stupid comments about "taking back America" means WHAT? and from whom are you all "taking it back from"...............what bunch of 2-faced SOB's.

    September 6, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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