July 19th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
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Tea Party Express responds to Tea Party Federation


The Tea Party Express has issued a hard hitting statement responding to the Tea Party Federation. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Joe Wierzbicki, coordinator for the Tea Party Express, issued the following statement Monday in response to the Tea Party Federation's announcement Sunday about the Federation's relationship with the Tea Party Express:

(read the full statement after the jump)

"The Tea Party Express with over 400,000 members is by far larger than the Tea Party Federation’s entire membership. Most rank-and-file tea party activists think we’re talking about Star Trek when we try to explain who the “Federation” is. Given the absurdity of the actions by the "Federation," this is quite fitting, since their conduct is alien to our membership.

"Groups trying to say who can or can't be 'expelled' from the tea party movement is arrogant and preposterous. Perhaps this explains why so many tea party groups have left the "Federation" during the past few months. Whatever the reason, most tea party activists are focused on taking back their country and the upcoming 2010 elections and not silly power games being played by individuals such as those in the "Federation."

"To add to the absurdity of the "Federation" they have also informed us that our members can't participate in something called their "basecamp" communication network, which makes us think that the individuals involved in the "Federation" spend a bit too much time watching science fiction movies and cartoons. We here at the Tea Party Express prefer a focus that is more grounded in the Constitution and electing tea party conservatives to offices of import in these 2010 elections.

The "Federation" has enabled and empowered the NAACP's racist attacks on the tea party movement, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

"Circular firing squads of groups within the tea party movement attacking one another accomplish nothing, and on this issue the Tea Party Federation is wrong, and has both enabled and empowered the NAACP’s racist attacks on the tea party movement. Which is something they'll realize when they beam themselves back from basecamp."

soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    This what I don't understand - the American people took their government back when we elected President Obama - a constitutional president - and got rid of the GOP dictators. What are these tea party nuts talking about?

    July 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Mike Fdez

    With mature statements like these it's no doubt the Tea Party movement will make major progress in the 2010-2012 elections. On 2nd thought...

    July 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. John B.

    How Ironic, Circular Firing Squad – Really, you have just fired the second volley.

    July 19, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. GI Joe

    They're all nuts. Have a friend that went to a few of those meetings and he said they deteriorated to the point that he got fearful for his life before he quit. Internal threats against fellow members is not the way to make friends.


    July 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    This bunch of rightwing morons have ruined any chance a group of real defenders of the constitution will get to be heard and taken seriously in the future.Maybe that was the real purpose of Dick Armey when he stepped in and took control of it and allowing racists to be apart of it.

    July 19, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. LovesIrony

    Circular firing squads of groups within the tea party movement attacking one another accomplish nothing,

    This after all your trashing of the Federation

    I am loving this

    July 19, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Nsikan

    Let move to coffee – Coffee Party eh eh ...

    July 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Dann

    The Tea Party movement is a lot like NASCAR. Some of us watch it just to see the spectacular crashes that happen.

    July 19, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Bruce

    Who wrote this, a third grader? I hope the other 399,999 members have more than a third grade education, which it seems this person has!!!

    July 19, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Living in America

    How is the Weed Party, excuse me the Tea Party is going to organize a politcal campaign when they can't even organize themselves. Taking back "their" country to the way it was. Wow I guess we were all sitting around and sipping tea as if we had no cares in the world. Yes they have been smoking some mighty potent stuff if they think the country was in good shape before the election of President Obama. I thought it belonged to all of us. The Indians were here first so we all need to leave.

    July 19, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. jae

    Wow, isnt crazy that no one can see the difference between the "activist" and "Federation" I mean the Federators want everything the Activists want but they are at least not afraid to come out and publically say that they are racist against everything none white. The Activist come out and say, "We are gonna take this country back" (to WHITEPOWER SINCE THAT BLCK GUY GOT IN)

    July 19, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Hendrik

    If this Tea Bag fight isn't proof enough enough that these are complete and hateful idiots.

    America, November is the day you will decide whether we will allow these hateful Republicans back in. Vote wisely!!!

    July 19, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. DAW NC

    I love how they talk about taking back the country, I did not know it had been stolen. What exactly would they do differently other than complain about every decision that the president has made. Where were they went we went to war x2 and went from a positive budget to a negative budget . where were they when we were torturing people and infringing on the civil rights of Americans. Love to hear their responses with some real facts to back up their claims other than distortions/ or misrepresentatiosn

    July 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. nomad

    Dudes, love the harmony and cooperative spirit you guys are espousing here; great stuff! Like lemmings off a cliff. great concept but lousy motives. Get a clue; the world is a far more complex place than it was in the days of our founding fathers.

    July 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Juliet Clark

    I will remain strong within the Tea Party movement. I will NOT ALLOW the CHAOS that the leadership in Washington D.C. is creating so to dismantle our coalition as a people united. We will take back America. We are not a socialist nation, never have been and never will be. You cannot EQUALIZE a persons income.. you cannot create a MEDIAN or an acceptable AVERAGING across the board for people to live by. We as a people have a right to work hard and make money, work less and have a little money and work average and make the average median. Stop leveling out our work ethics.. as our convictions to work and provide for our families are greater that our desire to take from our country with government handouts. Down with Socialism. Bring Down the House!

    July 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. kyle from ohio

    Whatever the reason, most tea party activists are focused on taking back their country

    Here lies your real problem; taking your country back from whom, The Chinese who own all of us (DEBT), base on the loans President Bush borrowed to fund the 2 un-paid Wars and the un-paid tax-cuts to the rich who did not ask for them. As an American by birth and heritage, it sounds like the take you country back statement seems aimed at someone who took or stole something from you. Based on Mr. Williams comments it must be them Colored people. So get real with yourselves un-employment for them Colored people doubles that of the so called white people, so what do you want that number to be triple will that give you your country back???

    July 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Ga Patriot

    It's a good thing this incident has shined a light on the Tea Party Express. Anyone reasonable person associated with it should get out now. How pitiful to be calling anyone else racist after what the leader has shown.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. norma

    This statement is so telling. No mention of the horrific letter written by their spokesperson, but they now call the Tea Party Federation names as well. The Tea Party Express, with their plush tour busses sure like being the victim. More from the "me, me, me" crowd. This is getting tiring.

    How 'bout you spend a little time looking in the mirror instead of attacking anyone and everyone who is in the least bit critical of your group.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. A. Goodwin

    I am really enjoying watching the Tea Party implode!!! It was certainly an interesting read – especially when the Tea Party Express tried to pin the NACCP on being racist. Good Lord...can they even see from beyond their long pinnochio noses? May they go down like the Titanic...but not so gracefully.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. And If The Rethugs don't win in November . . .

    The long knives will come out for sure.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. annie s

    My, my, my – turning on one another already? Interesting how these average, God fearing real Americans got so caught up in wanting power so quickly.

    July 19, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. April in MN

    why can't I wake up from this nightmare? somebody please tell me I have misunderstood something. wasn't the article posted earlier telling us that the tea party (federation) turned their back on mark williams because of his blatant racism? and now...the tea party (express) is slamming the federation...saying we have 400K members and they are a joke, who are they to kick someone out?

    God, PLEASE save us. Please show these hateful people the errors of their ways before they destroy us all. Please help this country come together and heal. Amen.

    July 19, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Rich

    Yet they say NOTHING about the racist blog that started this whole thing! That should tell us something.

    July 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Jimbo (The Real One)

    I am neither a democrat nor a republican by party affiliation but I still don't understand when these tea baggers state they want to "take back their country." Since when is it "their" country. Wasn't the President failrly elected by a majority of Americans? They make it sound like he came to power in a coup d'etat. Be forewarned tea party, you aren't taking anything back unless it is through the power of the polls and from what I have seen by the candidates you support (Paul, Angle) I would say it isn't likely.

    July 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Wil in the VA.

    Say it aint so Joe infighting in the tea party i for one am shocked (not) do you realize how stupid you sound trying to call out the NAACP as racist because they had the back bone to take your so called movement to task for the hate and dare i say RACIST within your so called 400,000 members. The NAACP only stated the facts, you maybe trying to clean up the truth about the tea party and spin this to your followers or the media but the truth of the matter is all the pictures,film and in print speaks for itself. Your movement has a long way to go to match the well over 500,000 members of the NAACP and we both know if you take on the racist with in the tea party your membership will DROP.

    July 19, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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