July 19th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
12 years ago

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. LouAz

    These are the folks that want to lead the US Government ? No wonder Sister Sarah is so popular among them. But it is obvious that there is no Capt. Kirk or Capt. Picard, or Capt. Janeway quality leadership among them. I think this bunch flunked out of the Academy.

    July 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Focus on the goal of taking back America from the Radical Progressive Left and forget the petty bickering over some small differences that some ego's seem to think exist.

    July 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Rich

    And this is why third party movements almost always fall apart. Hard to maintain a coalition without a unifying principle or a charismatic leader.

    July 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Joe

    Was this an official statement? Cause it read more like a rant of a person reaching trying to justify the unjustifiable via name calling...

    July 19, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    Just keep it up, folks. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

    July 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. enviroguy

    What a childish repsonse. And they want to lead the American people to the future?

    July 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. ME, Minneapolis, MN

    Ah yes, the Dumb and Dumber argument.

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. bill486

    Take the COUNTRY back?!? It doesn't sound like the Tea Party could even take a library book back........

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    It's almost laughable. The 'Federation' is what...three months old according to another CNN blog. The Tea Party Express began right after the Wall street bail out, or even during it. lol It is only two obvious that someone is trying their darnest to get rid of any Tea Party..but that won't happen..cause the real tea parties are at the dinning table.....and in the voting booth!

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Fenarkleman

    Bigot is as bigot does.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Brad

    Didja' ever notice that Tea Partiers have a tendency to eat their young?

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. JFS

    This whole thing of an "organized" Tea Party movement is now truely questionable. These are similiar to the types of groups in Germany prior to the Nazi Group's formation from all of these small splinter groups. Who is the leader of these Group any way ? Palin or Army or Whom ??? Palin is running around endorsing these folks...is she the new Hitler ??? Whom is running the show of this Party ?? Is the the third political party in this country. If so who is running the show ???

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    wooooow ... I guess racism even has an impact on the tea party. Go figure! Wake up America! If you cannot see how racism has divided and continues to divide our country then you need a HEAVY dose of reality. Read the NAACP statement. It basically says that the NAACP wants the tea party to denounce the racist members. It does not say that the tea party itself is racist. Now the racists within the tea party are calling the non-racist members "alien". The same argument would hold true in any political party but the Republicans and Democrats are already established and their racist entities (for the most part) know when to keep their mouth(s) shut.

    July 19, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. JonDie

    All the various Tea Party organizations are made up of coonskin cap-wearing whackos who watched "The Alamo" one time too many and who think leading the U.S. into total chaos and anarchy is the way to "save" the country.

    July 19, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Dano

    So basically the Tea Party Express is saying that the National Tea Party is made up of a bunch of sci-fi loving liberals who worry about unimportant things like racist views within their organization. It seems to me like the whole movement is a "circular firing squad of groups" with different agendas that will soon kill itself off. It takes more to attract American voters than extremist views and being against something (well everything) that the Democrats are doing.

    July 19, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Most people in our country will come around to see the "Tea Party" for what it is, a cute movement that got some attention for a while until people saw that it was just a front for Republicans who can't spell correctly, while they claim everyone that won by election in 2008 is a "socialist." Interest in it will go the way of the "singing bass" that was so popular at one point you couldn't even find one for a Christmas gift. Now you can't even sell one at a yard sale. They claim exclusive ownership of the Constitution, even when the man they hate has enough expertise on the subject to have taught constitutional law.

    July 19, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Joe in PA

    LOL It doesn't get much better than this! I think, though, that the solution might be either to close the playground early (maybe a 2:00 p.m. curfew); or we could consider providing increased adult supervision.

    July 19, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Shelly

    Where were the Tea Partiers when Bush/Cheney were spending trillion on a fraudulent war? Where were they when there were huge tax cuts fro the wealthy? And a big increase on Government spending on Medicare? WHERE were they???? Why have they now crawled out of the rocks now shouting they want THEIR country back? Why do they proudly display vile banners of a democratically elected President??
    Why suddenly such anger???
    No other democracy shows such ugly and immature contempt towards their legitimate leaders other than Americans! Very sad.

    July 19, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. key

    Are you serious and these people want to govern the United States.

    July 19, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. HappyinVA

    Tea Party Federation or Express or whatever... this all started with a request to moderate some racist elements. There was no a charge of overall racism... why was the request taken so hard?

    July 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. W L Jones

    The Tea party got us mixup with the English for some strange reason. We have representation from one part of the country to the others. Its appears they want to go to the time there were little if any government to take a grievience to.

    July 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. TomInRochNY

    Sounds like the Republicans are getting tuchy about possibly losing control of the Tea Party.

    July 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. David

    The NAACP is the front for the current administration to try and take down the Tea Party. They have also planted agents within it to start this.

    July 19, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. cjr

    the tea party group has been very quiet this past weekend. Now that they have been outed – there is no where for them to go. – It's over anyone who supports this group is a racist – No question!

    July 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Emerson

    I really enjoyed reading this "statement", as incoherent as it is. I am glad that the author was able to work in the word "Constitution" and the phrase "take back our country" into his clever Star Trek metaphor. This would not even make most middle school newspapers. Can't wait for the election results to come in and when the Texas oil millionaires pull the pug on the money that funds these fringe "grass roots" media stooges.

    July 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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