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. Irrma in North Carolina

    The words might of been pretty harsh but it is nothing but the the truth the whole republican party s becoming the tea party and they are destroying america. All they do is say NOI Look At the speaker of the house Congress rating is 13 percent. This out to tell them something, they better start working together. But no their goal is to bring the president down. The guy up above will take care of these slugs.

    September 6, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. AntiFringe

    WTF does Obama have to do with what a union boss says??! Did Obama write the speech?

    September 6, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. DC Johnny

    What the hell is wrong with you crazy Liberals? President Obama and his beloved media peons declare that the Conservative movement is behind all the disturbing violence in the political realm. Now when there is a perfect example of the Democrats using such divisive and dangerous language, the GOP is supposed to sit tight and ignore the hypocrisy?

    How is it hypocrisy for Palin and others to demand equal reaction in the media and in apologies?

    It's stunning how the drones in this country simply reply and reply and reply without logic or memory. I'm a Conservative (clearly), and I am embarrassed when members of my movement get up and shout barbaric or unintelligent things over and over again ("Drill baby drill" comes to mind). But I'm not going to sit here and let you Libs have your cakes and eat them too.

    Either complain about Conservatives, or don't. But don't complain about Conservatives and then bash them for lobbing the same kind of complaint in the same kind of situation at violent Liberals.

    September 6, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. RickV

    Mr Hoffa sounds very intolerant, he needs counselling and retraining.

    September 6, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Hey Pot – stop calling the kettle black!

    So now the Tea Party has a problem with language that insights violence. This after they advocated violence against the President and supporters of healthcare reform and even put gun sights on members of congress. These TEArrorists are waging a domestic TEAhad against our nation and its about time people start standing up to them and protect our country.

    September 6, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. RickV

    Mr Hoffa sounds very /ntolerant, he needs counselling and retraining

    September 6, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. dean

    Have these people ever been to one of their own rally's? What Hoffa said was very mild compare to what I personally observed at a rally near my house in Arlington TX.where of all people, Rick Perry was in attendance calling for Texas's Succession. Talk about un-American. "Our country's in trouble. Let's bail!"

    September 6, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Big demands from a group "who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion", aka hypocrites.

    September 6, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. jerseygirliq

    Ok, so maybe I'm the only one who noticed but he said "lets take these SOBs out" only AFTER reminding everyone of their right to vote. Sounds to me he is saying vote the SOBs out of ioffice. By the way, I am a registered independent and vote how I see fit. Not how one party demands. I do not support calls for violence but if you look at the ENTIRE context of the statement, and not just the sound bite the Republicans want you to hear, he is calling for Americans to get out and use their right to vote.

    September 6, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Emma

    You know, it really is a sad commentary on the statement of our country when there are this many people willing to defend the hateful comments of a man whose father associated with the mafia and spent time in jail on fraud & bribery. For all of you defending this guy – is this really who you want to stand up for? I think you all really need to think long & hard about that. There are a lot of other people I would much rather stick my neck out for & stand up to defend. Think about it.

    September 6, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. John

    The Tea Baggers are nothing but a bunch of crybabies. They started the war and now that the Dems are fighting back they go crying home to Momma. People in glass houses should not throw stones. Grow up baggers 2 can play this game. You started it and now The Dems are going to finish it. You are history..........

    September 6, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Peggy - Tx

    Regrading the assertion" 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?"

    Tea Party have decalared war on America. They tried to casue American to go into a default and showed there true colors of just how nutty and unreponsible they really are. The Tea Party is the new threat to the United States of America. They hate Americans. What is clear is that the leaders of the tea Party hate the ordinary folks that are members of the Tea Party., This is clear from the many lies they are told. The President of the United States is not expected to defend the Tea Party of Hate from ordinary Americans expressing thier well founded anger at the Tea Party of Hate.

    The people that are part of the progressive movement express a wide range of views; unlike the Republicans, where all mach in lock step, like Hitlers minions, where anyone that disgrees is side lined. The Democrates are a diverse group that do not act in unison. An extreme view of any one person can not be attributed to all members of the Democratic party.

    September 6, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. jesse

    The tea Party has been using these tactics since they have come to the light of day. Stike first with harsh words and prtend to apologize. Spare me the hypocritical lecture Ms. Palin Ive been to the puppet show and have seen the strings. I dont agree with Mr. Hoffa's choice of words but I do agree with his tone and syntament. The Tea Party has been everthing but savages in the political arena with no respect or reguard for the people of the United States of America. I never thought I would see the day that a so called political party would Put there wants in front of the peoples needs. The Tea Party is neather Democrate or Republican. The are the Tea Party and they are willing to sacrfice any and everthing to get what they want. The I hate the Govenment but I want to be Presedent party, or the Im really here for the people but I am willing to let the country to go into default to prove a point party. This group need to have there reputation, and hypocritical political Ideology taken out back and put to rest like a rabies infested dog.

    September 6, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. jim p

    CNn needs to take Fox News (?) to task for not playing the whoe statement made by Hoffa, where he clearly is taking about voting, not violence.....do your job CNN, and call it like it is......

    September 6, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Tim

    Hoffa's the head of organized crime. It's funny when he publicly states what others are doing wrong. He learned from his missing dad.

    September 6, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Russ

    Booo Hoooo. You poor poor tea partiers. Can't take a little criticism? Look at the crap you've been spewing for months. And what the hell does Obama need to apologize for? He didn't say it. None of you idiots apologize for Palin or Bachmann or Perry when the rant and rave about anything....of call the President a tarbaby!!! Get over it.

    September 6, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. MikeB

    "International Brotherhood". How does that represent putting the U.S.A. First?
    Which Global Faction does it answer to? It certainly isn't answering to its U.S.A. Union Members; otherwise it would be pushing for less Government to increase the number of Private Sector Jobs that can pay for the Public Sector Jobs.

    September 6, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Ralph

    This is a snapshot of this administration. Obama allows this style talk while he did not have the grace and dignity that McCain showed him for the speach Bill Cunningham gave during the elections. Biden stated that if you did not belong to the unions then don't ask him for help. Evidently this administration only cares to help the environmentalist, the non union "unemployed" and the illegals. And to hell with the regular non-working man and his family, the immigrants that actually went through the proper channels. Even a lot of his so called jobs initiatives deal with unions and nothing else. Evidently in my 60 plus years I now have a president that no longer represents the amercian citizen.

    September 6, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Lisa P

    Ha ha ha! How dainty the Tea Party has become, now that they think they have shouted down their opposition. They forget that the wheel never stops turning, though - what goes around comes around. Shouting down elected representatives, nonsense, insults, lies and theatrics are the new normal, thanks to the Tea Party. It took a while for the rest of us to figure out the new rules, but we are getting there. And - bad news for the GOP - there are many more of us then there are of them.

    Since when is Sarah Palin a union member? No doubt the Amalgamated Meatcutters, if they're still around - she's a Judas goat if there ever was one.

    September 6, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. New Age Independent

    Typical liberal inflammatory rhetoric. It seems this has become the norm despite the so called "civility plea" from Democrats. Turns out that the same old liberal double standard is in full effect.

    September 6, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. normajean

    As we are all saying.....;:what a joke:;......The Repubs can't handle it when the truth is spoken out loud.. As for a lot of us the little speech given many months ago by Mich McConnell is just about as low as you can go......NOTHING tops " Our aim is to "" Yes, they said it and the'yve done everything in their power to stick to it!! I don't think they realized that this was a turning point for a huge number of voters that call this very dirty politics.!!! We are determined that they won't get away with it........ HOWEVER. Repubs... let's not make a fuss cry babies when the shoe is on the other foot !!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. yu

    Tell Palin to shut the hell up. She's a quitter

    September 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. rs

    Republicans declared war on the working class. Too bad if they didn't do the math. As to violence- which party is raffling guns in a district where a Democratic Representative was shot AFTER Sarah Palin put a gun site on her district?

    September 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Hoffa is right

    Although perhaps a bit mild in his criticism of the teahadist movement.

    September 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. rob522

    Hoffa got it right....call them as he sees them....wish Obama had said that.

    September 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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