July 18th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party Federation kicks out Williams over blog post

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(CNN) - The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled conservative commentator Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post he wrote, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday.

Appearing on the CBS program "Face the Nation," Webb said that Williams and the Tea Party Express - which has held a series of events across the country to generate support for the movement - no longer were part of the National Tea Party Federation.

"We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote," Webb said of the blog post by Williams that satirized a fictional letter from what he called "Colored People" to President Abraham Lincoln.

Related: Satirical letter meant to spark discussion, Williams says

Webb called the blog post "clearly offensive."

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. ruty

    Ok, children–quit the name calling and act like adults. This country has reverted back to infancy. Stop this insane mess and grow up.

    July 18, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Dave

    When someone is right to the center being conservative, it is almost always blamed to be "racist." There is more racial and bigoted views on the far left (well hidden and dangerous, morphed into "politics") than on the right.

    July 18, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. LibbyinTexas

    Marxist Dog, your comments do not flow? You are fixated on Wright, The President has removed himself from Wright a long time ago, yet you fixate. You claim that "pedofiles" belong to the Democrats? How does that make sense. Go talk to Angle in NV who claims that if a child gets raped then its god's will and that she should keep the baby even if she is raped by a family member, Angle= the poster child for the teaparty. How about all the other politicians that have sat in the pews of controvercial right wing religious talking heads, is that OK? What about the teachings of the religious organization in the C Street house, is that any different than what Wright preaches, or is it that what Wright preaches is to the left but the teachings of the far right is acceptable? Get over your self.

    July 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. jim germann

    you didnt post my comment because i am critical of cnn's selective story topics? That' s pretty un-american, isn't it? I expect your newsroom shows to highlight this race-bating topic,all day? You wanna bet,you do?

    July 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Tracy

    Tea party folks are the loonies (poor white folks) that the Republicans (rich white folks) put in front of the camera to do their bigotry and racist agenda. Guess the poor white folks forgot that rich white folks hate them just as much as they do any black folks. Brings me to Michael Steele.. Just a donkey...

    July 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Djinn

    I have just been wondering; if the Tea Party is really 90% libertarians and 10% crazy, right-wing lunatics, how come the candidates they put forth all come from the 10%?????

    July 18, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    Dont be fooled.Dick Armey is the real scumbag behind everything.

    July 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Tracy

    Great question Djinn.. And I bet noone has an answer for it either....

    July 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Djinn

    @Marxist Dog

    No one listens to the dog that howls at the moon night after night. Especially if it is clearly a dumb dog.

    July 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Hey Williams - how you tea baggy thingys liking this conversation you opened up?

    Take Palin, Bachmann, Beck, etc., with you.

    July 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Tracy

    GOP Hack, I love your comment. That should be our platform and our motto...

    July 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Thank God, I am a Tea Party person and there is no room for personal racial overtones. Us Americans are all one people. The Legal Mexicans but not the illegals. I will never support thieves sneaking into our country in the middle of the night. Do not call this racial it has nothing to do with race. Mexicans are God's children same as everyone else. The problem here is that instead of Obama sanctioning this kind of behavior he should be down Mexico's President to make him drop the fees for legal immirgration. If you can not solve the problem then you are the problem./ But, this flood of illegal people coming in to America must be stopped. Right now we have no ideal of who, what or their motives are of the people who have already sneaked in the back door. Has people already forgotten 911. Heaven help us if you have. Stop the man in the Oval Office from granting amnesty to gangsters.

    July 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Linda in Texas

    What was Mark Williams thinking when he wrote that so-called "satirical letter"? He thought he was untouchable. Bottom line. The thought he would get the support of Rush, Glenn, Sarah, Hannity,etc.

    July 18, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Gasstationman

    Good, people need to stand up against racism no matter where it comes from. We are a better country than that.

    July 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. JonDie

    Careful! If the Tea Party gets rid of all its racists there will really be an Tea Partiers left!

    July 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. La Piovra

    Maybe somebody has found out that a tea leaf with bad taste can spoil the pot.

    July 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. timz

    Are we sure they kicked him out for posting the letter? Or for taking it down and "apologizing" for it?

    July 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. gr

    The Dems only need to use the Republicans party words against them until Nov. Dems keep pointing out that there will be a choice to make in Nov. which will be go back to the Bush Tax policy that got us in this mess, or move forward with the Dems policy that is trying to help get the American back on track. Now that Nov. is just around the corner, the Republicans are feeling good about their position and now telling the American their plan to get the American people back on the right track which is the same policy that got us in this mess TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH.

    July 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Sgt. USMC

    Another victory for the American people.

    Now vote Democrat in November folks!!!

    Remember how many repubs spoke at tea party events! Remember how many of them were endorsed by the tea party!

    They go hand in hand, now we need to send them packing hand in hand.

    This is for America.

    July 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Gee maybe he should have simply renounced the racist white power Nazi's that have hi-jacked the majority of the Tea Party and GOP. Instead he chose to be a jerk.

    Stop the hate. The Tea Party is kaput. It's just a political activist group formed by Dick Armey anyways funded by Big $ lobbyist jerks.

    July 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Ella

    There is a segment of the Tea Party that is racist.Signs of Obama and ulgy words seen and heard on TV.There are still others on sidelines.

    July 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Oy Vey Az

    We enjoy a good pot of tea everyday. Unfortunately we haven't found a good use for the old soggy unsightly bags either.

    July 18, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. SteveB

    Okay, let me see if I understand this correctly.

    The Tea Party insists that people are dead wring to call elements within their group racist because they aren't racist, – uh-uh, no way, no how. Oh, and we're kicking out this guy and his followers because they are racist.

    July 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. cspurgeon

    Well, a pleasant surprise..common sense and decency. Hope it was for real...

    July 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. hypocricnnation

    It's A Good Move, But The Tea Baggers Have Many More Racist Ties To Sever.

    July 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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