Tea party fires back at Hoffa
September 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea party fires back at Hoffa

(CNN) – Members of the tea party movement, including Sarah Palin, came out strongly against comments made by Teamsters President Jim Hoffa Monday, when he referred to Republicans as "sons of bitches."

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said the comments were "disgraceful" and called on President Barack Obama and DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to denounce the remarks.

"This is essentially calling for violence," Kremer said on CNN "Newsroom" Tuesday. "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."

Speaking onstage before the president arrived at a Labor Day rally Monday, Hoffa 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."

Sal Russo, a major backer of the Tea Party Express, sent an email to supporters Monday criticizing the president for allowing such rhetoric.

"It is disgusting and shameful that Obama allows this kind of violent rhetoric to continue. Isn't he the President of ALL Americans? How dare he allow his supporters to 'declare war' on American people who are standing up for liberty?" Russo wrote. "The reason President Obama doesn't put an end to the onslaught of attacks and insults is simple... he agrees with them."

Former Alaska Gov. Palin, who is considering a bid for president, cited Hoffa's comments in a Facebook post early Tuesday morning. As a union member, she said "it's sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step" behind Hoffa and President Obama.

"How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people's movement is the real movement for working class men and women," Palin wrote. "It's rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks."

– CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Dale

    Obama said at the Giffords memorial service that "at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized ... it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds." I guess that's just another empty promise from a Chicago political hack. He should have lent Hoffa his teleprompter. Then again, maybe he did.

    September 6, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    If you want to learn more about the teabaggers, do an Internet search on "mother jones koch brothers" and listen to the tape on the Mother Jones website or read the articles in New York Magazine, Politico or the Colorado Independent.

    The Koch brothers, the founders and funders of the teabaggers, have a secret club of million-dollar-donors intent on defeating President Obama in 2012. At a recent event, Charles Koch referred to the President as "Saddam Hussein."

    Here's what Charles Koch told these contributors:

    "[I]t isn't just your money we need," Koch added. "We need your energy. We need you bringing in new partners, new people. We can't do it alone. This group can't do it alone. We have to multiply ourselves. Just as to change the media we just can't have the judge. We need to clone him thousands and thousands-fold."

    Charles Koch also said that the 2012 elections will be "the mother of all wars."

    Wake up, folks! Do you really want these millionaires and billionaires running our country? All they care about is the bottom line.

    And it sounds like they are more than willing to do anything to regain power.

    September 6, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    The only thing that is disgraceful is the fact that teabuggers put their party ahead of their country! Teabuggers need to be exterminated!

    September 6, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Talk about inciting violence, wasn't the TP's darling, Sarah-the-Former-Governor-of-Alaska-who-Quit-Before-Her-Term-Expired-Palin who said "Don't retreat. Reload."? I guess the old phrase "what goes around, comes around" doesn't apply to the Tea Party types. They can incite violence and claim it is their First Amendment Right, but let someone say it against them and it is a threat to their lives.

    September 6, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. bj

    So the Tea Party and the RNC are appalled and expect their imaginary BOYto speak on that. There is the 1st Admendment for Freedom of Speech, however when it comes to Democrats and people of color this is not the case, so you think in VA and MSP. I will exercise my 1st Admendment Freedoms now. The same folks that spat on African Americans and an openly gay politician with words like "N' and "F" were from the Tea Party. No surprise there, however we do have a backbone and we do have Obama's back. So back off and stop lying about what Mr. Hoffa said, he said we have a vote and to get those people out.

    Sounds good to me. What is foremost in my mind is how fair the elections are going to be? Another Florida and Ohio when African Americans were not able to vote at certain voting locatons? How the press didn't really cover that? And now trying to keep students and people of color from voiting. That is my concern. But I trust all will turn out well.

    The Tea Party (CNN I know you don't like that other name so I will not use it) is nothing more than a group of people who turned in their white sheets and bought some teabags. I leave you with a quote, "if you stand for nothing (biggotry) you will fall for anything (the Koch Brothers).

    September 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Dale

    It's scary that many of the liberal posters here are wackier than Hoffa.

    September 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. democrat class warfare

    Anyone knows if you really want to create jobs get rid of obama. stock market will soar in nov. RON PAUL is the only real choice.

    September 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. michael b

    GOP'ers are just crying Foul

    Nothing else to see here

    September 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. russinmaine

    Pretty simple really, in a nutshell Hoffa is a clueless clown! Next subject.

    September 6, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. wes

    Way to go Jim! I knew your Uncle in California , PA. He helped our club out and made a lot of kids happy.
    The branwashed conservatives who always trash labor unions are standing on their shoulders. It was unions that made this country great and the crybaby jacka**es who scream about freedom don't know how they got it. Our brave soldiers defend(ed) our threats from abroad but it's the unions who protect(ed) us at home.

    September 6, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. J

    When you read the whole statement and not just take one bit out of context there is no way a rational person can think this is a call for violence.

    September 6, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Dean

    What do you expect from a union man? Certainly not any showing of class.
    Unions have destroyed jobs in America. Don't believe it, look at Detroit and autos. They are all leaving the country.
    Fords and GM's made in Mexico, Canada and South America because of union rules in this country.

    September 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    "2nd Amendment remedies," "lock and load," "don't retreat, reload," gunsights on web pages, assault rifles being carried openly at Tea Party rallies...

    September 6, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. A. Goodwin

    Sarah has to wonder why labor unions are falling behind Obama? Is she REALLY that clueless? Tell me this sista Sarah – when has the GOP given a DAMN about unions in the last oh, say – 20 years? Yeah, I thought so...

    September 6, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    just a few months ago I recall a man at a Republican town hall asked the question "so who is going to shoot Obama". The Republican congressman at the time was taken aback but said nothing, some in the crowd even chuckled. And of course when that remark was made, Sarah Palin flew to her Facebook and denounced it...went to FoxNews and said how shameful it was that someone would make such a comment in America.....uh wait what was that? You mean she DIDN'T...she said NOTHING and let it slide?? Oh I see, sorry NEVER MIND!

    September 6, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. McShannon

    Palin probably has Hoffa in her crosshairs for saying something so mean, oh this is awful.

    September 6, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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