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. John K.

    Union punks should think twice about attempting to intimidate the Tea Party. In a period of just over two years the Tea Party has manged to change the political discourse in the United States. They have 0bama and the Democrats on their heels.

    September 6, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Some one needs to play some video tapes of *elected* Republicans like Bachmann making similarly vile comments. What about the Tea Party darling herself Palin posting a map with gun sights, calling for people to "reload and take aim". Someone needs to play tape of Tea Partiers saying that the Arizona shooting was just coincidence, again.

    September 6, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. buster

    Ya, Sarah Palin called the comment wrong because it didn't directly put cross-hairs over her face. Otherwise she's all for that type of statement.

    September 6, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. NYC REPUB

    Let's take the Tea Party out of Power in 2012!!!!!!! I'm all for it.

    September 6, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    Yeah, because if there is anyone that knows about class in regards to calling people names, outright racism,or generally threatening language, its the Tea Party. They can dish it out but they can't take it. Tea Party, something little girls with invisible or make believe freinds are in to.

    September 6, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Hoffehopeyoulikefootball

    What a schmuck. I hope he likes football. Maybe there's room for him in the endzone too.

    September 6, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to criticize the comments as "outrageously wrong."
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    I agree. That makes Palin's own comments hideously despicable, and her gunsights criminally insane.

    September 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Pdawg

    Ahhh yes....but asking people to bring guns to healthcare discussions and rallies didn't fan any flames! I bet every tea-partier says SOB a dozen times before lunch. It's like one of my favorite stats: the divorce rate is higher in the south than in uber liberal Mass. Gun-toting, bible preaching folk get more divorces than the liberals they bash on. Love it.

    September 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. unsub

    i completely agree!

    September 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. NMORA

    As wrong as putting someone in crossshairs...??

    September 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Emma wrote:

    You know, it really is a sad commentary on the statement of our country when there are this many people willing to defend the hateful comments of a man whose father associated with the mafia and spent time in jail on fraud & bribery. For all of you defending this guy – is this really who you want to stand up for? I think you all really need to think long & hard about that. There are a lot of other people I would much rather stick my neck out for & stand up to defend. Think about it.

    Yes Emma, I would stand with him ANYTIME over the hateful, bigoted and ignorant TP crowd. Lately, people have been calling the TP out and they CAN'T STAND IT (see Rep. Carson's statement). Americans are getting wise and seeing them for what they REALLY are and what they inflict on our society (hate). As one other blogger says: THEY ARE WHAT WE THOUGHT THEY WERE – Coach Denny Green. Never does this apply more than it does to this crowd.

    September 6, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Lolo

    Now Kremmer and the rest of the posse wants to cry foul after all of the dirt and name calling they have been slinging for the past three years. Too bad!!!!!!!!!!!! I tell you these crazy wingnuts are really out there in space. Now they are realizing that the real patriotic Americans are going to give them a run for their money. We just let them spout all of their lies and racist remarks and now we are going to go toe to toe with them until the election.

    September 6, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Moderate Sean

    Instead of reading truly what the Hoffa said, which was not calling for any type of violence against anyone, but rather to vote out all the Teatards, the right-wing crybabies make-up an event for sympathy. How ironic is it, that many of these same Teatards crying foul, are the same ones that have made outrageous statements in the past. Wow....kettle meet pot!

    September 6, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. seriously???

    Wow, and the right always accused Obama of being thin-skinned. Hoffa isn't even a politician, which is basically saying that ANYONE who call the Tea Party S.O.B.'s is "essentially calling for violence" and "outrageously wrong." If they only knew the kind of language I used to describe Palin, Republicans, and the Tea Party everyday.

    September 6, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. RDriftwood

    Palin took to her Facebook page to criticize the comments as "outrageously wrong." Oh really! And this was the same Sarah Palin that used a gun sight on Gabrielle Giffords' district?

    September 6, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. A Floridian

    Its called context maybe Sarah Palin and the Tea Party should look that up. Right before he says takes them out he talks about voting to make sure they are taken out. He did not say, put a frigging cross hair on a map of people he wanted taken out like Sarah did.

    September 6, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. CaliforniaBC

    Well, I'll say this, it's about time someone hits the tea party republicans back hard with the same rhetoric they've been throwing out since Obama took office.

    September 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. chris

    Palin is still displaying a map featuring red and white crosshairs over democratic representative's districts. I think that's an actual case of inciting people to violence- there's not really much you can do to blur the intention there. Hoffa's comments however, taken within context is doing nothing of the sort. Two sentences before he says "everybody here has got a vote..."

    September 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Peggy - Tx

    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.

    Obviously you were taking aboutb the Tea Party – You did not make that clear. _ I agree Vote out the Racist pigs – every one of them

    September 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    The tea party republicans (or American Taliban, as I've heard them referred) nearly destroyed our economy with their debt limit games. I thought Hoffa went easy, actually. And where's the story of Boehner and Cantor thinking they have the right to pre-approve the script of what the President is going to say on Thursday? This is getting out of hand. What I once observed as childish pandering and bickering is turning dangerous, folks. And most of us don't even remember a time when our government was based on civility and decency, it's been so out of hand for decades. ENOUGH.

    September 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. ken

    Sarah Palin and the Tea Party doesn't like it when the shoe is on the other foot. They are ignorant racist fools and Sarah is the biggest of them all. That's why she is their leader. All the "Little Idiots" always follow the "BIG IDIOT".

    September 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. shhocked

    I am shocked....I hope EVERYONE reads these comments. The biggots and the racists are the people here!!!!!!! Oh, and when Rep. Giffords was shot, how many people on this board yelled at us Tea Partiers for being violent and should NEVER use language like that???? Who are the real violent talkers??????? Look in the mirror folks!!!!

    September 6, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. montanataxman

    Well, Hoffa. Mr. Cupcake, I live in Montana, Livingston to be exact. I am a conservative, never gave the tea party much of a thought. But for ewe cupcake, I will be tea partier. Unions are nothing more than lazy employees that can not hold a real job. So Cupcake, if you an your union communits wish to come to Montana, Livingston and make you comment to my face, I will be here Monday-Sunday 8 to 5. I need a pair of union boss's balls hanging from my mirror. Remember, you old man hid out at Salmon lake and disappeared. That is Salmon lake Montana not idaho. Like I said cupcake, I live in Livingston Montana.

    September 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Until such time as the Teatrolls admit that the debt ceiling debacle was their fault...that they took the US's credit rating hostage and cut its fingers off in an attempt to get what they want, i.e., the obliteration of Medicare, SS, the societal safety net and a whole laundry list of economic nonsense that would benefit the rich and corporations at the expense of the middle-class and poor...and that it was their brinksmanship and ideology-in-a-vacuum policy positions that resulted in the downgrade of the US's credit rating because they can't stand a black guy as POTUS and are horribly afraid of the demographic shifts that will take white majority away in this country...until we get that admission and the apologies that are owed us as a result: NO QUARTER.

    September 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Awwww. The teatarded people got their poor little feelings hursty wursty. Suck it up you wusses. You can dish it out, but you sure can't take it. You morons are like a bunch of 2 year olds saying "I know you are but what am I."

    September 6, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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