**UPDATE TAM & Arizona tea party leader responds to Hoffa’s remarks**

**UPDATE: Rick Perry refuses to condemn Hoffa’s comments**

After preceding Obama on Sunday at union rally with words that can only be interpreted as a call to violence against Tea Partiers, Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa says he has no regrets and would use the same words all over again.

One of my warnings to all Tea Party was that the Left was going to turn to violence when they realized they were in existential trouble. So-called leftist and union leadership seems to be clearly trying to provoke some in the constituency to engage in violence. Look, if they think an election as from Sarah Palin featuring a map and surveyor’s symbols can incite mass murder, what exactly to they think is supposed to accomplish?

Combine this rhetoric with the build up of Waters’ “Tea Party can go to hell” to elected officials labeling us as Nazis and the Vice President agreeing that we’re “terrorists” to Carson’s obscene claim that Tea Party wants to hang people of color from a tree now to this, there’s only one thing in this package–a call for and incitements to violence. The fact that Tea Party has been the most peaceful *and successful* political movement in 50 years, perhaps explains the left’s panicked meltdown.

Hoffa: ‘They Declared War on Us’

Teamsters President James Hoffa makes no apology for taking on the Tea Party during a union labor celebration, claiming, “They declared war on us.”

In Detroit, before President Obama arrived for a Labor Day speech, Hoffa rallied the crowd, “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party.”

“President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa concluded to applause, his voice raising to a shout. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” he said, stepping back from the lectern where President Obama would speak less than an hour later.

“There’s a war on working Americans and we are getting sick and tired of it,” Hoffa told ABC News the next morning. “It’s absolutely a war. They declared war on us. We didn’t declare war on them. They’re the ones that introduced right to work in 14 states, and went after public employee bargaining rights in both Wisconsin and Ohio. We’re fighting them across the board. They want to roll the clock back to about 1900.” Hoffa said the war will be fought at the ballot box in 2012.

Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer issued a statement saying President Obama should reject the remarks, calling on him to “condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum.”

The Obama Gestapo thug also told TPM:

Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again.

“I would because I believe it,” he said. “They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war on them, they declared war on us. We’re fighting back. The question is, who started the war?”

The speech came shortly before President Obama took the stage in Detroit — and Hoffa’s remarks certainly overshadowed Obama’s on Fox. But the Teamsters chief said he was just matching fired-up conservative rhetoric when it comes to organized labor and Obama with some fired-up rhetoric of his own.

While the White House remains mum, Sarah Palin issued a support for union workers and a condemnation of Hoffa for his “thuggery” in a Facebook post today. Here’s a snippet, but please do read the whole thing.

Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else…

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power…

Recently someone commented: “I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America.” I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.

In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.

Additional coverage:

Tea Party wants Obama to apologize for Hoffa

Wasserman Schultz downplays union chief Hoffa’s anti-Tea Party rhetoric

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  1. dennisl59 says:

    They played right into Palin’s Hands on this…She is correct to appeal directly (and over the heads of the Union Bosses) right to the Rank and File Hourly Wage Earners. She’s ONE OF THEM.

  2. Rightmindedmom says:

    Tammy – Thanks for posting Sarah’s Facebook note regarding Hoffa’s incendiary, vile remarks. Look at it this way — they’re losing. They know it. They’re scared of losing power. You’re right: The next step is for them to begin to attack us at Tea Party rallies and GOP candidate rallies. Sarah had better have top notch security, because I fear for her life. I pray daily for her safety.

    Mom in Wisconsin

  3. radargeek says:

    Tammy. thanks for bringing to light Ron Paul’s new video of Rick Perry’s lib past (especially with the gore-perry connection). He already lost when he opposed the border fence. He’s part of the problem and no good will come out of a Perry presidency. Again, proves that both machines (d & r) are the same two-sided knife in the back of the American citizens (rhetoric inspired by haffa).

  4. fast1 says:

    Sarah Palin … Wholesome Goodness … grow Tall, Strong and Straight … Headlines read ” Sarah Palin will speak thru internet streaming before obama”s speech to joint session of congress sep 8 2011 ” what a wonderfully delicious thought, what a contrast in ideology …

  5. Maynard says:

    It sure would be nice if the Democrats leaders would refer to our real enemies, the ones that shoot at us, with the same colorful rhetoric they apply to their political opposition. Instead they bow down before the true evil of the world, and then vent their frustrated wrath upon the meek and harmless, the ones that speak the truth.

  6. Maynard says:

    Or maybe Jimmy just meant he wanted to take us out to dinner. But he’d probably stick us with the tab.

    By the way, do I have to mention again that these guys are cronies? Remember how Obama’s auto czar (do I have this right?) recently said that the entire auto bailout was to save UAW? Our tax dollars at work. And of course we already knew this; we saw how Obama pushed legitimate creditors to the back of the line and illegally (in my opinion impeachably) hustled his pals to the front. And Obama was proud of this. Said he was helping “workers” and the expense of “speculators”. That’s why we’re at a disadvantage: Republican cronies are an embarrassment, but Democrat cronies deserve their take. Can you imagine George Bush speaking to a Haliburton crowd (yes, Haliburton has “workers” too!) as Obama speaks to UAW. “Hey, Haliburton workers, look how many jobs we gave you, how much money we gave you!” That’s what Bush was accused of, and of course the accusations were stupid. And then the Democrats turn around and gloriously proclaim that they’re doing the same thing for their cronies, only now it’s a wonderful thing. Crazy world.

  7. wastubbs says:

    Christ Matthews glorifying Hoffa, something stinks in this country.

  8. JHSII says:

    Three words for Jimmy Hoffa: “Bring It On!!”

  9. Maynard says:

    Oh, one more thing. What would happen if you took the partial transcript of Jimmy Hoffa’s words and substituted “President Obama” for “Tea Party” and mailed it to your representative in Congress? I expect you’d get a visit from the Secret Service, and it’s not out of the question that you’d be prosecuted.

  10. CO2aintpoison says:

    Tammy, I’m sorry to be off topic; but just saw this tonight and if I remember correctly, you are the one who told us Sarah and Bristol trademarked their name. I’m unfamiliar with trademark law, but tonight I was flipping around looking for something sane to take my mind off of the Hoffa crap, and came across a program called “It’s Worth What” w/Cedric Moran I believe. Anyway this challenge he introduced a historic document (I missed what it was) and the contestants were supposed to guess what was worth more…the document or the cost of hiring 3 impersonators who were Sarah BJ Clinton and barry. The gal who is impersonating Sarah acted in the same manner as Tina Fey on SNL. Now, I understand it is satire and all…but can they do that if her very name is trademarked? I posted on several O4P sites in an effort to get the word to her folks by some miracle. I would not care so much if the impersonating person put herself out there as a smart independant woman running for POTUS,and maybe it’s just my ignorance of the entertainment industry but it really pissed me off…so just making an effort to see if that sort of business effort is legit when discussing a person’s trademark. I doubt if Sarah disappeared from the public stage after the 08 election, that THIS gal would be working…you know what I’m sayin’?

  11. Teri says:

    I’m ready. We are peace loving people us tea party people. But threaten us and my God in Heaven, we have an obligation to defend ourselves. Hoffa you bastard, bring in on.

  12. Cernunnos81 says:

    I am a peaceful, law abiding individual, and I will crush anyone that threatens me with physical violence. Mr Hoffa, they never found your daddy, but by God they’ll have No trouble finding you. Come, say it to my face and mean it, and see what happens.

  13. dennisl59 says:

    Not one to promote another “Conservative Talker”(as they say in the Trades), but do yourself a favor and listen to the Great One’s first 13:50 of today’s(9/6) show. I’m glad he’s on OUR side. He tears and rips into Mister Union Thug, Jr. He’s a Brother in Arms, in this Political War, to the TAMs in my opinion.

    posted 9/6 1005pm Texans for Palin Time.

    • Ginger says:

      Mark Levin is very close to endorsing Palin, I think. You can tell he respects her greatly, and he was really praising her Iowa speech on Tuesday night’s show. “Is anyone else talking like this?” as he referred to Palin admiringly. Mark’s gonna be with us on Palin, I just know it.

  14. Kimj7157 says:

    Hoffa is an ignorant piece of dung and will one day get all that he truly deserves.

    This Admninistration, the unions and the Left in general are pathetically desparate and their attempts at intimidation will do nothing but strengthen Conservative resolve. That has already been proven time and time again. They have more than met their match in Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. We will not be moved!!!

  15. otlset says:

    I watched the O’Reilly Factor with guest host Laura Ingraham last night. I don’t believe I will ever think well of her or her guest Ann Coulter again after that display.

  16. Shifra says:

    Last night, I tweeted:

    It’s kinda sweet, actually. Jimmy H. wants to take us all out. But, what to wear on our first date? 🙂

  17. FrankRemley says:

    Hoffa’s speech makes me long for the good old days when the likes of Lepke Buchhalter, Willie Bioff, and Longie Zwillman controlled the labor unions. They were a much better class of people.

  18. strider says:

    Jobs have been made scarce by academics in DC trying to run things.

  19. Maynard says:

    In retrospect, it’s consistent that Obama didn’t hear what James Hoffa said. Just like he spent decades with Jeremiah Wright and didn’t hear what he said either.

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    • otlset says:

      Unions, especially belligerent ones prone to violence and destruction like these longshoremen, are truly a cancer on the organization that gives them sustenance. And of course the best treatment for destructive cancers is to “take them out!”

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