Tea party fires back at Hoffa
September 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
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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. CNN watcher

    What a joke. The party of "2nd amendment remedies" who've been threatening violence on the President & his family since before he took office? Fake outrage over a fake, edited sound bite.

    September 6, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Hey Sarah Palin, how are those gun sights working out for ya?

    September 6, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Bill

    I guess the truth hurts, huh Ms. Kremer? Get over it.

    September 6, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. skponggol

    Jimmy Hoffa – like father, like son....Thuggery runs deep in their genes.

    September 6, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Jeff from Va

    The Democrats are never wrong when you don't agree with them, had this been said by a "Tea Party" member or someone from the GOP, Obama would have made his "Lets be CIVIL" speech. Double Standard!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. littleleers

    Every president receives threats. Remember George Bush was hung in effigy, a movie about his assassination, etc. Obama as POTUS is no different. Stop switching arguments. The problem is that Hoffa used highly inflammatory and violent speech against a large group of Americans. Wasserman-Schultz is just a typical progressive hack. Do as I say, not as I do (or say). What does Obama say or the WH about this disgusting Hoffa speech? Total silence....and endorsement.

    September 6, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Fake Hoffa Jr.

    Union Democrat calls for Domestic Terrorism against political opponents = GOOD

    Persons exposing Union Democrat Calls for Violence= Terrorists

    Some are More equal than others...

    September 6, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. another anonymous

    I thinks it's called "freedom of speech."

    September 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Dave

    Fine, we decalre war on you sob's. Two can play the game.

    September 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Hankins

    His family were like joined at the hip with organized crime so what do you expect?? Hoffa isn't going to be teaching in morals or ethics classes unless you want to know how to hurt your employer.

    September 6, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. carlos

    the proper language to address those tard parasites and I mean those 200,000 should be given a coffee enema because they were born with their brains between their legs........lean forward UNIONS and UNITED

    September 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Bill

    These Tea Party groups don't like it when someone else speaks thier language, do they? What a bunch of hypocrites!

    September 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. FM

    People get what they ask for. You can not ask for salt and expect to receive sugar. And people should understand that the campaigning season has started already, even before time! It is already in full swing.

    September 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. drew

    There's a little thing we have in this country, a right that guarantees free speech. Hoffa's got it too, even though the staunch Republican Constitutionalists - also known as "phonies" - have forgotten that. Funny, they only seem to remember that when some GOP gunslinger or Tea Partier calls for "2nd Amendement remedies."

    September 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Logic

    Hoffa was wrong, some of them are daughters...

    September 6, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. A Kickin' Donkey

    Look –

    1.) The Republians set this tone with Don't Retreat Instead Reload & assorted bombastic statements so stop your whining. Hoffa's language was closer to the gutteral utterances of the rabid right wing Tea Partiers and I don't endorse it, but hey, freedoom of speech, right? I don't see anybody calling on Perry's theocracy supporters to be rejected for their outlandish statements.

    2.) He's not a current, former or future potential elected official and he's not a member of the Democratic establishment. Therefore, the President nor DNC Chair have any say in what he does. Palin, Joe Wilson, and all the other offenders on the right are, were or want to be officeholders.

    3.) Finally, have you ever noticed that crazy, funky, homeless people don't screw with other crazy, funky, homeless people? It's good for the Tea Partiers that called for the failure, death, impeachment, firing, disrespect of Democrats up through the President to know that the Liberals have a few wild dogs of their own.

    Don't Start None – Won't Be None

    September 6, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Is anyone going to apologize, starting with McCain about the imbelicic moron from AK? At least Hoffa didn't call for anyone to be killed, right quitter?
    So he called a group of racist thugs and their she devil queen sobs, the truth hurts? I can think of so many other adjectives that it would take me hours to write ornsoeak.
    The whole teabagging koch brothers (there's irony in that name) group are a disgrace. Get over it traitors!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. C. Howe Yulikit

    Here's the GOTea meme: Encourage violence and rage towards the President and "liberals" and hide behind the first amendment when criticized. Then when someone from the other side mentions anything even remotely related to violence, immediately jump on your hypocritical soapbox and decry the comments as sanctimoniously as possible.

    "don't retreat, reload!"

    September 6, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Bill

    Disingenuous remarks from the "lock and load" crowd.

    September 6, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Barry In Las Vegas

    CNN and the rest of the MSM has a double standard as does Obama and the Democrats – but that's no surprise.

    Unfortunately for them, the majority of the American people get it – and that means good-bye to Obama and big unions.

    September 6, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Ya No

    "American people standing up for liberty" think this guy shouldn't be able to say what he thinks? I may not agree with him, but I will defend to the death his right to say it. Irrational comments like this are what limits the Tea Party to those that have bought the program. Thinking Americans see the obvious selectivity in how they view our rights and responsibilities.

    September 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. drew

    Naturally, no one likes to be called an SOB, especially when they know they've often been acting like one.

    September 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. everybody here has got a vote

    MAKE NO MISTAKE, people. THIS is the phrase that set off the GOP:

    "everybody here has got a vote"

    That's what scares them the most!!! EVERYBODY, IN FACT, DOES HAVE A VOTE! It is true. And it scares the heck out of the GOP. When voters vote, they vote for Democrats. Plain and simple. We're going to show them this fact when we come out of the woodworks to vote the Republican Tea Party economic terrorists out of office in November and give President Obama FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Ya No

    The President should personally prohibit certain persons from exercising their Constitutional rights? Curious perspective – but then, consider the source. The word 'farce' comes to mind more and more often.

    September 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    This from the folks who have been decrying PRESIDENT Obama as a fraudulent imposter these past 3 years now, readying themselves to retreat and reload their efforts to take their country back (from Obama)? How utterly absurd. Shaking my head in laughter.

    September 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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