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. Beeman

    You know when you are protecting Hoffa you are no longer driving on paved roads. The man is scary becuase his family actually acted on threats. I am all for free speech and hope he keeps on talking as he is not a big seller in my part of the country.

    September 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Chas in Iowa

    Gotta call 'em like you see 'em.

    September 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Comments are "disgraceful" no I will say that is the truth

    September 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    What hypocrites! I guess it is okay when your side says we want people "armed and dangerous", draw a map with gun sights on it, or call for people to "reload and take aim."

    The rhetoric is a disgrace no matter who says it. But, the pot shouldn't call the kettle black. If they want an apology then they should start issuing some long overdue apologies of their own.

    September 6, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. ThinkMn

    He said everyone has a vote, take out these sobs ... So he wasn't threatening violence, he was threatening to vote against them. Enough of the phoney outrage. And I agree with him, take out these phoneys who state they're for the people when they're for themselves and their rich supporters. Take 'em out of office and put real Americans in.

    September 6, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Enough is Enough

    Nothing kills jobs faster than a union.

    September 6, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    That's the problem with these union guys. Give 'em a mic and they're liable to tell you what they really think. How disgraceful! As for the "take them out" remark, when taken in context, it is very clear that meant they should be voted out of office. I did not infer any violence in that comment. Dislike – yes, violence – no.

    September 6, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Ynotbbad

    It's truly amazing that the Tea Party feeling are hurt by Hoffa yet they want the President and DNC to apologize. What's wrong with that picture. Since when is either responsible for the words; thoughts and/or feelings of an indivdual. How
    about the Tea Party defend themselves with those limited, slow-minded slogans.

    September 6, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Wacko from Wassilla DEMANDING an apology for something blatantly taken out of context, will wonders never cease.
    This from the same idiot that didn't see the need to "dis"embrace the LYNCH HIM!! LYNCH HIM!! shouted at her rallies. She muct've concured with those that yelled it out I guess.

    Puleeeze louise.

    September 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    there was a case just a few months ago where someone made a death threat to the president and the court overturned it and said that it was "freedom of speech"....when Obama was elected some clown that calls himself a minister in Arizona publically prayed for his death..that was also freedom of speech and I don't recall Sarah Palin coming out with condemnation of that. Why didn't the Tea Party codemn the post made on one of their so-called leaders on her Facebook calling for the President and Mrs. Obama to be "thrown out of an airplane at 25,000 feet?" The Tea Party with their 28% approval rating loves angry rhetoric EXCEPT when it is levelled at them. I don't think it was correct for Hoffa to call them sob's but he only said what a lot of us feel along with Maxine Waters telling them to go straight to hell! There is a lot of anger out here folks and it is all NOT directed at President Obama as the right wants you to believe.

    September 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Who Says

    another anonymous

    I thinks it's called "freedom of speech."
    You progressive leftist loons call it freedom of speech when you thugs say it. Anyone else says something like this it's hate, "racist", disgusting and the list goes on. You leftest are such HYPOCRITES!!!!

    September 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama is a real piece of work. He scolds the right for so called uncivil talk and gives a big speech calling for more civility.
    Then he shares a stage with the uncivil thug Hoffa and says nothing. Obama has lost the independents. Is it his plan to win them back by being two faced and endorse this kind of garbage from his supporters? Obama says the people want the two parties to work together and compromise. Is this how Obama builds good will for working together and compromise. But then he really is indicating he has no desire to work with Republicans and compromise on his jobs plan. Obama is actually demanding that Republicans support and pass his plan right away and dares then not to. He says this before anyone even knows what his plan is. What a total joke, who can take anything he says seriously anymore. If Obama was serious about working with Republicans and serious about compromise he would have said he believes there is a lot of common ground in his new plan and looks forward to working with Republicans in a spirit of compromise to produce a bipartisan jobs bill that all Americans can support. The jerk does not even know if a majority of voters will support his new plan. If they do not they will not want Republicans to support and pass it either. The time for Obama to demand Republicans support his plan is after he has released it and a majority of voters have decided they support it. Obama is a total jerk.

    September 6, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. AlaskaPalin

    We might seem racist because we do not want a 'black' president to spend our money? Tax enough already. But we are the majority by economy and by color and that's what gives us power. Notice that non of the political leaders is willing to take us on. Why because we are willing to say and behave openly what the majority of americans are saying in the dark about choosing the first black president. We should not have stayed away from the polls that is why it happened? It may seem so but who care to wonder.

    September 6, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Just Me

    What was wrong with what Hoffa said? Im scratching my head on this one. If the cap fits the Republicans should wear it.

    September 6, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    -"Don't retreat, reload!"
    -"You lie!"
    -"This President has a deep seeded hatred for white people."
    -"The President is lying."

    These are just a few disrespectful and inappropriate slurs directed at the President and democrats from these hyporcrite, racists TEApublicans.

    September 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Ex-GOP Con


    GOPTEA : Phony conservatives; Convenient constitutionalists

    September 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. michaelam

    In my opinion, Jim Hoffa was actually being way too kind when describing the American Tealiban/Teahadist Party!

    We cannot allow these corporate/Theocratic thugs to ruin what is left of this once great country!

    Solidarity! Power to the People!

    September 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. gt

    that kind of talk will get the jobs going....not... this guy has a anger issues...what a nut ...and he is in charge ...scarey..

    September 6, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Mack

    I have heard it all now!! The Tea Partiers are saying President Obama should denounce the remarks of Jim Hoffa. But they sure as hell don't denounce the DAILY remarks spewed by Limpbaugh, Palin, Backman, Gingrinch, Perry, Cheney and all the others that are afraid President Obama will have a 2nd term.

    September 6, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    The Teatrolls are clearly the biggest bunch of dish-it-out-but-can't-take it whining crybabies in the country. They declared war on everyone "else" and "other" in early 2009 and joined an enemy-of-my-enemy alliance with the rich and corporations, who had already declared and were winning the war they have been waging on the middle-class. They've spent the past almost 3 years villifying and demonizing anyone who wants to talk sense and rely on facts, evidence, historical record, expert opinions, educated discussion, etc., and have done so relying CONSTANTLY AND UNASHAMEDLY on violent imagery and allusions to insurrectionary and revolutionary themes...secession, second amendment "remedies," BULLSEYES ON A MAP, "take him out," "take her down," "take the country back," states rights Civil War language and themes, American Revolution themes, hoping for our POTUS to fail, purposefully hampering efforts to fix the economy in order to pin it on the "enemy," etc.

    And you know what liberals and Dems and progressives have largely done the entire time? ALMOST NOTHING. We stood there and we took it and watched in horror as the MSM graciously distributed and disseminated the Teatroll rhetoric and imagery without a critical thought in its sensationalization-for-ad-revenue addled corporate head. While the MSM largely ignored the cries of "foul" coming from those at whom the Teatrolls' language and vitrol were directed, giving the criticism short shrift and barely a small percentage of the air time granted so glibly to the Teatrolls' societally damaging tyrade.

    WHAT DID THE TEATROLLS THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? That it wouldn't come back to them and be repaid in spades eventually? That the deafening silence on the left in the face of all the relentless attacks would continue forever? That they'd be able to beat everyone else down with their vehemence, bully-talk, chest thumping and the inordinately inequitable and uncritical air time it earns them in the media? Think again. The GOP and TEATROLLS threw down the gauntlet and it's about time someone picked it up. The escalation has begun...and it's them that asked for it, not us.

    September 6, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Debbie you can apologize if you want to, but don't look for my check in the mail.

    I am enjoying Mr. Hoffa's comments to the utmost; especially as they have been taken out of context.

    September 6, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. dont be a sucker

    Ahhh yes...Whats good for the Goose in NOT good for the Gander....This is happening on both sides unfortunately

    Liberals are gonna give this guy a pass Nooooo matter what he says
    GOP'ers are gonna have a moment of whinny-ness

    Real T-Partiers couldn't care less...We like the open fight...And do not be fooled, we're fed up with Both parties

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Palin how do you feel about Rush Limbaugh?

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. JohnP

    That's the unions for you, nothing but bullying tactics, rants and raves. Their time is past, move on.

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Enough is Enough is a Moron and a Moron. What a stupid, baseless statement about unions. Here's a hint of reality: what was one of the first things Gen. MacArthur instituted in post-WWII Japan when he was in charge?

    But back to the subject. I agree, Hoffa's comments were disgraceful. Calling [R]s and Teatrads sons-of-bitches is a huge slight to all sons-of-bitches!

    By the way the newest [T]eatard candidate has a state currently being consumed by fire. To be consistent with his analyses of similar natural disasters the past, Pat Robertson should indicate that this is because of some intrinsic evil afoot in Texas. Being so solidly stupid as to be so solidly [R], there is little afoot in TX now that [R]s didn't initiate; so the EVIL is on them. Thank you, Pat Robertson, for impaling both Perry and yourself on your own Teatard petard.

    Good liuck to the unfortunate people in TX that have lost their homes. Surely Perry, the ultimate Teabagger, will not be looking for relief for his constituents from the big federal gubment. Afterall, Perry and TX and Teatards are selfl-sufficient, right? The hypocrisy that eminates from Dumbf**kistan is absolutely astounding.

    September 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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