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. Marry

    Of cause, the voter should demand that the candidates in an election present their ideas in polite, honest and civil ways. However, the trade mark of the GOP/TP is bashing, shamelessly lying, obstructing, personally attacking, and calling the President names (Idiot, etc. etc.) on a daily basis.
    Can’t wait for 2012 – when the President is reelected together with a congress that is willing to work instead of trying to run the country back in the ditch just because they are green with envy and cannot see a very fine man and the country succeed!

    September 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Kathey

    political correctness has gone amok, and the hypocrisy is apparent. I want to know why Mr. Obama has no real plan and he seems to blame republicans, yet with a democrat controlled congress and presidency, they cannot accomplish anything, but more misery, taxes, unemployment and entitlement programs . In the last 2 years, gas prices have gone up so much I am spending more to take my kids and I to school and work than I have available for groceries. There is something wrong with this and in the last almost 3 years he has been in office, Mr. Obama has done nothing but spend, spend and spend, along with his party. while the middle class suffers and the poorer class gets larger, it is pushing us more towards a socialist society with all of the entitlements

    September 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. c

    Unions...Organizations that were founded by Mafia Thugs. Clearly much has changed since then, but this is one reason why America is becoming less relevant in this increasingly global environment. It really boils down to simple supply and demand - of course this will result in frictional unemployment at times, but we are not going to begin to grow as a Nation until we can CREATE jobs. That is one thing that the unions cannot say that they are doing. Also, are Unions philanthropic organizations?...signing on more people is how they make money...and lots of it!

    September 6, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Mike the democrat

    Let's face it, us democrats want taxes to be so high that the government basically takes your paycheck and then gives you want it wants you to live on. Also, we really need to move to a communist nation with Obama as our leader. Everyone knows the Unions, media, and liberals will fight for this to happen. Why? because we are self loathing, American haters, who just want people to suffer, because it is in our athiest nature to have it this way.

    September 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Breaking News: Hoffa is not a politician holding elected office, nor is he running for elected office. His remarks are not representative of the Democratic Party any more than Rush Limbaugh's comments are reflective of the Republican Party as a whole.

    September 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. 705chitown

    Enough is Enough
    Nothing kills jobs faster than a union.
    REALLY, what about NAFTA,CAFTA, China, anyway you spell it CONGRESS kills jobs faster

    September 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. sam9962

    OBVIOUSLY HE STRUCK A NERVE! See they can dish it but can't take it. People there's no call to violene here... it's an order to THE ARMY>>> VOTE THE TEA PARTY OUT<<< .

    September 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Boldrick

    Evidennce shows companies are moving in droves into "the Land of Milk and Honey" better know as Right to Work States. Redistricting following the 2010 census is just the tip the storm on flight from union states. Large Cities in the South with nice schools and lower costs of living have never had an easier sales job of recruiting companies.

    September 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Aaron in Ma

    People seem to miss the point, Hoffa has every right to say what he pleases, it is the duty of the president to stand up after that and say that the speech or retoric is wrong and should be moderated.

    September 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Squigman

    A prime example of what occurs when a small percentage of the populace votes, and the majority stays home. Right now the nation, is held hostage by people with radical views, and agressive agendas that have little to do with the good of the nation, and more to do with whats good for certain political contributors. Hoffa, while somewhat undiplomatic in conveying his views, has a point. The republicans and their splinter groups, have said and expressed hatred for any person, or organization that dares to disagree with their philosophies. The discourse runs in both directions and does little to eliminate the problems faced by the entire nation. Still (We The People), are to blame for this. We (who hold our freedoms dear), one which is our right to express ourselve at the polls, fail the nation and ourselves by not exercising our rights when the time comes to vote. A small percentage of eligible voters exercised their rights in the last election. The majority of eligible voters failed to exercise this right. This is what you get, when you place responsibility for your freedoms on the vocal, agenda driven minorities that lack common sense. Will the rhetoric subside? It's doubtful. Will people be more inclined to vote? It's doubtful. Will the news media fan the flames of discourse to achieve ratings? You better believe it.

    September 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. FM

    I was born as a Dem and I will die as a Dem. I hope there are a lot who are like me. Let us all fight for our rights and never ever let anyone interfere on our beliefs!

    September 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Republican who supports President Obama

    Why the outrage? Finally there is someone with a spine. I hope more folks follow the charge to send a message to the elected pols that this right-wing group is not the majority but in fact a vocal minority. The thin-skinned crybaby tea-a-ban should be mindful for the toxic environment they created. If you give respect you EARN respect. The tea party has not earned ANY respect.

    September 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. MTATL67

    I want to know where was all this outrage when the far right candidates and others such as Blamin Palin and other fiscal terrorist were making similar statements. Remember Palin's "Cross hair map". My God one of those fiscal terrorist from one of the Carolinas even joke about killing the President. We did not hear a pip from anybody then. This is exactly the hostel environment that these extremist wanted. They just don't like it when it is turned back on them. Typical bully mentality. What is that cliché "Can dish it out but can't take". I said early one when these extremist and their candidates were making extremely rude and hostel comments about the President and the opposition that the current political atmosphere is of their making. They wanted to play this way.

    September 6, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    So funny -- from the liars and fear-mongers that gave us "death panels", "socialist", "hang him", "libtards", etc., is insulted? HA.

    They want to dish it out, but they sure don't want it fired back at them - DEMOCRATS HAVE 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS ALSO, YOU NUTJOBS.

    September 6, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Ms K.

    why are ppl hating Unions??? Union brought the county what we enjoy today...health benifits, vacations, safe working conditions, better pay, etc...Business could care Iess than and even less NOW. I guess those who did not have to fight for these benifits do not appricate them....just more entitlements....that can be easily reduced or eliminated by BIG BUSINESS....gee thats happening now

    September 6, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The speech was precious. Look at what the unions did to the economies of Michigan and Ohio and then to hear Hoffa talk about jobs. Ironic at best.

    September 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Republican who supports President Obama

    If the teaparty apologized for the use of defaced & doctored images of our President (100% of them unkind) at their rallies and banned them going forward then I will say they have a point. But the reality is they created a highly toxic environment and have a directed a hatred for our President.

    Thank you Mr. Hoffa for speaking your mind – you have every right to say what you said.

    September 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. TEA PARTY Mike

    For this kind of talk, Republicans should demand a heavy price for any support of Obama's yet to be revealed jobs plan.
    Obama has over and over again called for both parties to put politics aside and work together and compromise.
    Here is what Obama should have to compromise on for all of his BS. The private business sector has Obamacare at the top of their list of bills that have been passed that are full of new regulations that need to be rolled back before they can expand and create jobs. A recent Rasmussen poll shows 57% of voters support the repeal of Obamacare. Republicans should attach to any jobs bill the roll back of regulations in Obamacare that the private business sector is calling for. Gut the darn bill. Make Obama eat that. A majority of voters want it to go away and would have no objection to gutting it and businesses would applaud Republicans for doing so.

    September 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Doug B.

    The Tea Party should be taken with a grain of salt just like Hoffa and all of the other False Prophets in the new circus coming to town. Hoffa doesn't mean take them out by lethal force! As much as "the good ol' days" of his father would imply, he just means "VOTE THEM OUT"! I'm 100% for that! Republicans sabotaged and stifled Obama's attempts to "Bring Change" to our society, and made it a personal vendetta against him just to prevent a loss of Republican control, which is a synonym for "Corporate Control" . Republicans had an opportunity to unify (with Democrats) for the better good, and shape our country into a strong, resilient entity. But, NOooo! They covet corporate greed and need control to ensure they keep the game ball. Take Them Out! In the new age of Political Correctness, why don't we have POLITICAL CORRECTNESS???

    September 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. AlaskaPalin

    The only way democrats can win is to show some b–ls. If they keep apologizing to us like their president have been doing (to the world) we'll crush them. This election is going to be dirty and we as republicans are not going to pull any punch but we'll do it sublimely. America love fighters.

    September 6, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. oneway

    Mmmmm. lets pick a fight with the tea party. A group of heavily armed skilled and avid hunters with gun safes and ammo
    brimming to the max. What a bunch of morons.

    September 6, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Nothing kills jobs faster than a union."

    Actually, what kills them even faster is promises from politicians that if unemployment stays high, they'll be able to get rid of necessary regulatory schema and provide them with deeper tax cuts that middle-class workers will have to pay for.

    September 6, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Get a Grip

    People who are posting that the tea party is threating violence please post a place to verify this. You will find it is hard to do. Anyway, this is always the left agenda, if they could take out the SOBs (in their eyes anyone who disagrees with them) they would. P.S. I watched the entire speech on CNN, no it was not taken out of context. Try again!

    September 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Chuck in Jasper,Ga

    Hoffa prefaced his comment about taking SOB's out with " you know what, everybody here has got a vote". The GOP and Tea Party thugs now make the claim he was advocating violence. How freaking absurd and distorting of what was said can they be. do you thugs really think Americans are that stupid that they can not see how you puppets are trying to twist the comments into something they were not? BTW you Tea Party misfits are SOBS's that need to be taken out....of office and power.....Now claim I am advocating violence as well..

    September 6, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. DA

    Humm, I think the media should put the entire message up and not just little blurb that has the teabanger so enraged.

    September 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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