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. Just Sad

    I do not know what is worse. the blatant misunderstanding each side has of each other, or the fact that everyone is so locked in on the crazy's on both sides that we have lost sight of what made this country the great power it once was. Until we as a people decide to stop allowing the media to blind us with the nonsense they feel is important and start doing real thinking about what it takes to bring us back to the country we need to be. I don't care if you are a right wing, left wing, or a libertarian if you allow others to tell you how to think all you are doing is hastening our path of following the great nations before us.

    I don't know about the rest of you out here but when was the last time you ever saw a union actually do some good for anyone other then themselves. DO NOT EVER FORGET they are just a business just like any other company they want to make money, how do they do that is through dues. If the workers of the U.S. would wake up and realize that they can control their pay and benefits better on their own through a competitive market place we would ride ourselves of the corruption and filth that stems from the billions that are spent lobbying just from them.

    On the same note, if we would do a meaningful overhaul of the tax code to remove loopholes and tax breaks for people that happen to have the money to find them, and frankly shouldn't need them since they have the money to pay their share. Any person that is in politics that tells you they are for income redistribution is lying to you. It worked so well in the U.S.S.R right? I know all of my states representatives make far more then my paltry annual income and I would love for them to share their wealth with me but that will never happen. Cause what they really mean is, "Hey lets all share our wealth by making the rich pay more taxes, oh but I am excluded cause I am a special flower." You know why someone like Warren Buffet was happy to say he thinks the rich should pay more taxes, cause he knows he can find more ways to hide his real income, and thus pay less in taxes. Tax reform not more taxes, we fought a war once over taxes.

    I have no political party I talk from a life spent learning how free markets work and regulation can and will stifle innovation. We live in an age where the government now feels that they can create commerce so they can then regulate the commerce. Beware this type of thinking next they will be telling you what type of light bulbs you can buy, oops already happening. Or somewhere down the road what type of cars you can drive. To often does our government allow for their personnel ideals blur the intent of the constitution.

    September 6, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Dave

    I didn't see the words as being violent at all. Hoffa said for everyone to use their vote to get these SOBs out of office – take them out. He specifically used the word vote in there. He didn't say use a gun or a baseball bat, he said use your vote. You repugs and tea bags are taking this all out of proportion.

    Of course, it's okey dokey with you all for SP to put gunsights on Dem politicians, right? Hypocrites!

    September 6, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. RINO Bil

    I guess the Tea Party can dish it out, but can't take it. Maybe Hoffa should have taken out ads with cross-hairs on his various targets. Oh, wait, that's been done before ...

    September 6, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Dave

    The Teabaggers are nothing more than a group of spoiled little children. If they can't take it, they shouldn't be dishing it out. It's as simple as that, but none of them have the brains to comprehend it.

    September 6, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. steven harnack

    After all of the things that they have said, continue to say about President Obama, liberals in general, and unions, they sure have some thin skin! He should give an apology like they give apologies, "I'm sorry IF the SOBs are offended!"

    September 6, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. ken

    The very party that has been putting crosshairs on Democrats and calling for other types of violence against Democrats gets the tables turned on them and they scream foul. They are a bunch of whimps and Sarah Plain is an IDIOT.

    September 6, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Dean

    Hey, Hoffa...time to visit daddy.

    September 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. The Other Dale

    What happened to the Republicans? They used to at least have a backbone. Say anything different than the party long and they go whimpering into a corner and start crying about how their poor wittle feelings are getting hurt. What a bunch of spineless crybabys. Who would want any of them in a position of power?

    September 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Ray E. Georgia

    Well,
    When all the things the Librerals,, Unions, and Democrats have tried over the last 75 years have failed, (Debt, Jobs, Housing, Etc) all they can do is Scream and yell. That ain't going to get it. But, WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT. Put all the blame on someone else. That won't get it either. You voted for it, so live with it.

    September 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. vet in texas

    People in this country seem to forget the day after the elections in 2008, I seem to remember classrooms of children, yes children chanting for the assasination of the newly elected president. I'll bet you anything as to which type of rally their parents have been going to since then...........it isn't a union one!

    September 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. steven harnack

    Palin is now a union member? What union is she in? I have to see some proof of that.

    September 6, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Ruth

    Guess the T Party has forgotten the signs they made to make the president look like Hitler and Nazis and when one member even suggested assasinating the president. Also Sarah palin's ad of reload and cross hairs. Have they forgotten all those nasty and horrible things they said and did during the health care bill. What goes around comes around. SUCK IT UP T-PARTY. How fast they forget when Joe Wilson a tea party member called the president a liar. I can go on. so Tparty just shut up.

    September 6, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. ted

    I have an assortment of names that I call the Teabaggers, but I cannot used them in mixed audiences. Not condoning HOffa, but he has the right idea. Teapottiers are unpatriotic treasonist racist bigots with very low IQs. Were this people in a coma while Dubya Bush was spending hundreds of billions on his two insane wars? Idiots.

    September 6, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    so when Sarah said "don't retreat, RELOAD" that was ok because it wasn't really a statement of violence. YET Hoffa says "take these sobs out"..meaning vote them out and the Tea Party throws a hissy fit! You can't have it both ways folks, although you think that you can.

    September 6, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Lucullus NYC

    Don't like what Hoffa had to say? TS children, you set the tone of the conversation not the Dems. It's been the jack boot right who have threatend violence against anyone who disagrees with them. Remember "this time we came unarmed"? Perfectly acceptable to these thugs. You can accuse anyone who disagrees with you of treason and hating the country but the minute the left fights back, using the same tactics the jack boot right uses, the whine and moan like the bullies they are. Once again you lying SOS, you set the tone, you're the ones threatening violence and accusing those who disagree with treason. You don't like to hear it said about you, change your tone.

    September 6, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Ruth

    I belong to the union in my office and all i can say is the Union kept my job safe even if there was not increaments. and gave me a decent wage and not the minimum wage. You people dont know what you are getting into by trying to get rid of the union. You do that and it will be the end of your future. See what happened in Wisconsin. You allow the republicans to take over and you will be doomed. Dont be blind and belive their convinsing speeches. vote with your intelligence and not what the T-Party wants you to do

    September 6, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. GrogInOhio

    "This is essentially calling for violence," Kremer said... Oh? Really? Like crosshairs on a congressional district? My, my, my... the whining sure is loud when the shoe is on the other foot.

    September 6, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Peggy - Tx

    Regrading the assertion:"This is essentially calling for violence."

    No it is not calling for violence!! he is simply characterizing his poliotical opponents using every language that we all understand and agree with.

    In typical Tea Party fashion, they spin every thing until it is essentially a lie.

    Silly fooll\s, You are the ones being lied to the most. the Tea Party is not for evry day Americans. It is not for restoring the 50's way of life. No it is playing to your fears and factiacies, rather it is for a few very rich people and playing you all that the fools you are.

    September 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. williew

    I don't see any violence here. He's asking us to take out the tea party with our votes. Not our fists.Some people just hear what they want. And, they are SOBs in the eyes of many.

    September 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. workingmanMI

    who in their right mind would want to follow a filthy mouth, uneducated, street rat like Hoffa. He is a disgrace to the good working men and women of the united states.

    September 6, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Brad

    so now the Tea Party is sensitive? What a joke...good thing they don't read the comments regarding them on CNN...

    September 6, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Emma

    This is why I despise both parties. When an opponent uses hateful and violent language, they are quick to condemn. Yet, when one of their own does it, they keep their mouths shut. We cannot take any of these politicians seriously when they so clearly demonstrate their hypocrisy and lack of integrity. They all suck and should be voted out.

    September 6, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. EatRunDive

    Where are all those new jobs promised by the incoming House? Republicans took charge and REDUCED jobs by almost 1/2 million. SOBs may have been a little strong, but liars certainly seems apropriate.

    September 6, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Hammerer

    Such statements are inflammatory only when spoken by a person outside of the group of the supporters of Obama.

    September 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. pa2hunter

    Hoffa and Obama are raising an army to go to war against the American people.

    September 6, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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