July 19th, 2010
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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. Dale

    And so the Tea Party implodes, thanks to a case of "I know you are, but what am I?"

    July 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Mike in VA

    While the letter may have been meant to be a satire, the comments contained in it were racist. The notion that "bail outs" should be used to allow blacks to buy wide screen TVs, and the statement that they might have to think for themselves are stereotypical racism.

    Williams has a constitutionally protected right to make his comments, but the underlying message is that blacks do not want to be responsible for their own lives. That is reprehensible.

    Not all participants in the Tea Party are racists, but people that are racists have identified with it. The Tea Party needs to make it clear that support from racists is not wanted.

    July 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. bill

    LOL, got to love those tea baggers. This is a rag tag group that has no organization and it is evident by stories like this.

    July 19, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Memphiss

    It's so sad to see this great country being pushed back 100 years by racism. To the tea party federation or express (I don't even know the difference), I think you should be concerned about the issues that affect average Americans and how to help make it right! My suggestion is, try the ballot not racism. You talk about taking back 'your' country! Last time I checked, this is still 'your' country! The only difference is that a black man is your president! Wow! How in the world did that happen?? Hmmmm.... Well, unfortunately for you, HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT UNTIL YOU VOTE HIM OUT! But until then, the president of the united states is stll Barack Obama!! Peace y'all!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    Tea Parties are for little girls with make believe friends.

    July 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. DJ

    The Tea Party Express party is filled with hatred and is an affront to the American way. They will die a natural death eventually even if they win seats this year. They are no different from any poticians in the country except they are born to divide the country further and make the congress unworkable.

    July 19, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. TM

    Exactly who are they planning to "take back their country" from? We had a fair and legal election, and a clear MAJORITY voted for the candidate that won. Nothing was "taken". As the Republicans were so happy to point out during the preceding administration "you lost, get over it". And as for the claim that the Tea Party is governed by a desire to "restore Constitutional principles to government" and "reducing government spending", may I please ask WHERE WERE YOU while the last administration was treating that document like toilet paper and tripling our national debt?

    July 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Tayo

    Tea Party Federation Vs. Tea Party Federation!

    Who wins?

    July 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Gayle

    Did you see your darling, Scott Brown tea party? Lately he has been voting for what you has been oppposing.

    July 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. carrie

    My question is : take our country back ...to what? and just how far back?

    I did have one person tell me recently when I ask that question," back to the Bush yrs when our country was better economically, before Obama got us into this econmic mess!"
    So maybe some of these people are not exactly the brightest bulb in the chanderlier......

    July 19, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. jaybally

    400,000 Tea Sippers want to take back the Country composed of 350 Million ? Wake Up and smell the coffee! Tea Sippers are only Puppets of a few G.O.P.'s wanna be's

    July 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. AEJ

    The Tea Party are the same people who used to get up and scream "we are angry" at Saraj and John in town hall meetings. We are angry that you people are not doing enough to stay in office. We are angry that this "black man" is about to become the POTUS.

    So these are the same people – who are basically all Republicans. They are not new people.

    Like Sarah -they are still in shock – that a black man can be the POTUS. That is why she can only make a few statements on Fox News all the time "take our country back". She has brought the republican party to the lowest level it has reached. She is out of control and unless they speak up and get rid of this evil woman, the Republican party will always be in this shamble it is in.

    July 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Roger

    Beautiful. It's just this kind of back-and-forth sniping that will ultimately expose the Tea Partiers for the infighting, self-interested, power-hungry people that they are. Give 'em enough rope and they'll hang themselves with it. And none too soon either.

    July 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. ruty

    Tea partiers -–get a hobby..PLEASE. I am so sick of hearing about them. They are losers and pathetic.

    July 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Eric in Denver

    @American Patriot you need psychological help. Obama has been a complete failure and has done nothing since being elected.

    July 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Amunaka

    Jeeeeze ...they got more factions of the TParty than all the tea in China

    July 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. joel palmer

    You can whitewash these Teabaggers all you want; in the end, they are the fascist brownshirts in our society. They will never go away. Shine a bright light on them and expose their ignorance, their lack of solutions, their willingness to blame the poorest among us for the country's ills.

    Kinda reminds one of Germany in the 30s

    July 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Ted

    tea partiers or teabaggers or teapots or tealeaves or whatever – they are just another moronic splintergroup of the Grand Obstructionist Party. Why don't they and Faux News and Palin and Limbarf and Beckerhead and the rest of the GOP idiots just go away?

    July 19, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Stuart Hellinger

    Well, once again, the so -called leaders of the Tea Party show their true colors. They can't seem to help but put out statements that insult the very people of this country that they claim to represent.

    I wouldn't want these people in charge of anything, much less our government.

    When Tea Partiers actually propose concrete ways to hep, instead of vitriolic, abusive, racist attacks, maybe then they would be worth listening to. Slogans are one this. Actual ideas are what is important. So far, they are media hogs with big mouths who do not represent the majority of the people of this country. They are much, much worse than "The Party of No", and starting to look like they are dangerous.

    July 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Bill

    @ Mike in VA:

    You are worse than and probably in league with the RACEST NAACP.
    The letter may have been attended as satire but was rife with truth. You just have a problem recognizing those peoples lifestyle.

    July 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    Juliet Clark,
    You're an idiot. A fool. Probably like Palin and Bachman. So you stand strong, moron. The rest of us will move forward with our Constitutionally elected President. You remember that? It's called DEMOCRACY.
    Who are the Tea partiers?
    Cry babies waving copies of the Constitution that they have never read.

    July 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Linda M

    Hmmm, from the sound of these comments, I'd say 99% of the people here see Tea Baggers for what they are....a fringe group of looney tunes. Yes, they drag little kids to these events (for show) and old white ladies too, so what, are we suppose to believe they are a wholesome group of do-gooders? Anyone supported by Palin or vice versa has some missing brain matter, period.

    July 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. ac

    VIEW Shellys remarks DUH!

    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 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    Star Trek made more sense than these groups of anti-Americans. Our country never went anywhere. As a matter of fact, it is in the best shape it has been since the shrub administration.
    You are "grounded" in the Consitution but want to rule with religion and hate. Most of our founding fathers were not religiious but you woudln't care if the truth hit you in the face.
    BTW – It's just not the NAACP who think you are a bunch of retarded morons. Most sane Americans feel the same way.
    Express vs Federation vs KKK, can't even get together on what you want to call yourselves. You organization is so fragmented that a big puff of wind will send you toppling down a mountain.

    July 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Groups trying to say who can or can't be 'expelled' from the tea party movement is arrogant and preposterous.

    This sentence is, first of all, GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT!!! A group who tries to pass itself off as having a membership that is predominantly "college +" educated should really be mindful of who speaks or writes for them. They came across as yokels with this "important public statement".

    Secondly, they lost what little credibility they had (if any) when they chose to ignore the issue, and instead poke fun and demean the Federation.

    Now the Tea Party Express, IN WRITING no less, has confirmed what most of us knew: they are predominantly a bunch of illiterate, racist, backwoods, inbreds who'd like nothing more than to replace the current President with a White one so that they can go back to their double-wides, and chug back a few.

    Did I offend anyone? It was just "satire"

    Beam me up Scottie!!!

    July 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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