Tea party fires back at Hoffa
September 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
7 years ago

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. jrod

    Come on Tea Party stop whining. We'll kick these Union thugs out of the WH in 2012. Then we will have 8 year to marginalize Unions by making sure every State becomes Right to Work states. When workers have a choice they will abandon the Unions, except for the terminally weak.

    September 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. joseph bunzol

    Anyone know where they are pouring cement?. Like father like son

    September 6, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. FedUp

    Way to live up to your own standards you liberal wastes. It was you clowns crying after the AZ shooting, but we all know you liberal scum don't live by what you say. You want a war? let's go!

    September 6, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Ferret out the B.S.

    Stand behind Jimmie Hoffa, stand behind the president. The Republicans want to take our freedoms and rights away and will lie to get what they want. The TeaP's are misguided and foolish.

    September 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Bri in WA ST

    Let's get the fact straight in your article first,Ms. Gabriella Schwarz. Hoffa called the Tea Party SOB's, not Republicans. The second picture within the article even shows a snapshot of what CNN televised reads: "Angry Hoffa Calls Tea Party SOB's". While Tea Party members tend to be Republicans when it comes to politics, due to their fiscal values being closer to the "traditional" Republican party, they are from all political parties and backgrounds. The only requirement for associating ones self with the Tea Party is to believe that the Federal government must be fiscally responsible.

    Calling the rant against the Republicans instead of the Tea Party is disingenuous and again shows the spreading of disinformation of the mainstream media to support it's left-leaning agenda.

    September 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Scott

    What do you expect from an labor union ran by organized crime, Perhaps we need to take the unions out, they are usless. Some of you all sound like crimials yourself. Obama and his whole cabinet and supporters are nothing mroe then, socialist that step all over the constitution. Not to mention you all that support him are no better then domestic terrorist yourselves. Tea Party unite run this trash out of Washington and American. Perhaps Hoffa needs to be taken out like his Father.

    September 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. FedUp

    Could you imagine if Palin, Rush, or any R made these comments? These moron political hacks in the media would be on this story 24/7 for weeks. Fu liberals. Your days are numbered.

    September 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Nothing kills jobs faster than the republican party. The GOP has been wrong on every important issue for the last 30 years.

    September 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. David W Moore

    Hey Tea-Party, you cherish Freedom of speech; Right! Then have buck up and have some.

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

    Its 3 words, get over yourselves. How are they getting offended by that? And this is declaring war? Tea Party aren't really showing themselves as pacifists are they

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

    So, it's alright for Palin to put target sites on Dem candidates, which resulted in her boy in Arizona shooting all those people, but Hoffa cannot said let's take them out....when he obviously meant take them out of office. These teabaggers will do/say anything for publicity.

    September 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    too bad Simple Sarah et al. I guess its OK for you and your ilk to say things like that but not someone who is not on your side? What a laugh.

    September 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Actually, nothing kills more jobs than Repubs and their outsourcing to third world countries.

    September 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    It's called "free speech". President Obama doesn't "allow" or "control" what Hoffa says.

    Boy, you Repubs will do anything to try to blame President Obama for everything!

    Guess that's all you've got when all your policies are PROVEN FAILURES and you have NOTHING to offer our country except anger, fear, hatred and division!

    September 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. FedUp

    Hey you libtards calling teaparty memebers hypocrites for calling this scumbag out: it was YOUR side crying and pointing fingers after AZ.. it was YOUR side calling for civilized dialogue. it was YOUR side blaming that terrible tragedy on heated rhetoric. Just preach, don't practice?

    September 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Val in North Dakota

    Hoffa is a great man and practices the freedom of speech that both my husband and son fought for in the Air Force. He and the Teamsters are acting and doing something for this country to rebuild it, whereas the Tea Party is spending it's time with rhetoric and negative back stabbing. Good for you Jimmy Jr.! Let's get the Unions involved in this country again and keep the wages and job security a little more stable so we working Americans can focus on getting back on our feet! God Bless The United States of America – not the Tea Party crazy-lazies!!!

    September 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. beevee

    Poor Teapertiers, They are hurt now when Jimmy Hoffa said soemthing about them. Now they know how it feels when you guys go on your charade and insulting others.

    September 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. willard

    I'm belived that why presdient obama did nt tell usa about his family so why his uncle make trying hide of his place so I thanks cops caught his uncle went to jail in masschetts boston
    I'm belive that his uncle was not birther certiface in usa that presdient obama make trouble about his birther certifacte in hawaii
    Usa need kick out of presdient obama

    September 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Oh shut up!

    Why don't you start by clearing up the beam in your own eye, like maybe your candidate Rick Perry? Total hypocrisy from the tp'ers, as usual.

    September 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. The Other Michael in Houston

    He said "everyone here has a vote, let's take out those SOB's"! So I understand that he was referencing "take them out of office by voting. But hey, lets not let a take what a person said in context, let's create some fake outrage to deflect what we have been practicing all along, encouraging our crazies to do our dirty work, you know like saying 2nd admendment remidies, putting crosshairs on maps where democrats represent,


    The Tea Party

    September 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. AsilisArt

    Tea Party members are not all Republican, as the first paragraph of this article implies. This is how misinformation is slickly inserted into the debate as though it's fact. CNN is playing games. I recommend that CNN try really hard to be truly bi-partisan and start reporting truthfully to the general public. We are your bread and butter. Do your job and stop playing politics. Your ratings could be worse, and your sponsors need an audience, even if some of them happen to be members of the Tea Party.

    September 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Alec H

    Call Tea Party Members SOBs and they cry.
    Tea Party members call Obama Hilter and they are heros.


    Will it ever end.

    the 10% of people that are in the ears of the 90%s are just pissing everyone off. GOP/TeaParty and Dems alike.

    September 6, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. DIANA

    I guess it would have been better if Hoffa said we shouldn't retreat but reload. Or use our second amendment rights.

    September 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Mike kerns

    To all you tea turds. Its time to reap what you sow.did you really think that you could keep causing trouble and insulting you're fellow citizens fore ever?

    September 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Me

    Fake umbrage from the GOP.

    September 6, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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