“The liberal double standards on civility were on full display,” says Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, recalling Teamster Union president Jimmy Hoffa’s cuss-charged challenge to an audience assembled to hear President Obama’s Labor Day speech in Detroit.
“We know what he means by ‘take those SOBs out.’ The Teamsters Union has a long and storied history, punctuated with frequent violence and ties to organized crime. It means use violence against the tea party,” Mr. Phillips continues, agreeing with Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremner that the White House — not to mention the Democratic National Committee — was wrong to overlook Mr. Hoffa’s vigorous call to arms.
“It is time for President Obama to live up to his words. Either he means what he said in January after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, or he does not. Either he believes in civility or he does not. If he does, he must repudiate these statements today and ask for Hoffa’s resignation,” Mr. Phillips says.
But Mr. Hoffa’s defenders have taken up his cause, accusing Fox News and other news organizations of selectively showcasing the SOB oath for dramatic effect.
“Though Hoffa’s hateful rhetoric does open a window for Americans into the true nature of extremist left-wing labor bosses, it does not engage thoughtful discussion on how to create jobs and get our economy moving again,” says Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. “The president should call out Hoffa and other union leaders for attacking their fellow Americans in this way, regardless of disagreements on how best to help our great nation.” an emblem of the strength and renewed spirit of a city that was damaged but never defeated,” says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.