The Tucson Tea Party calls on the National Institute for Civil Discourse, also based in Tucson Arizona, to denounce the violence-inciting comments directed at Tea Party members made by Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa in a speech he gave at a Labor Day campaign rally for President Barack Obama.
Hoffa said that unions need to pick fights with Tea Parties and Congressional Republicans. He further went on to say,““The war on workers, and you see it everywhere, it [sic] is the Tea Party . . .President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of a bitches [sic] out . . .”
Trent Humphries Organizer for the Tucson Tea Party said “If the National Institute for Civil Discourse is to have any legitimacy at all, this is the type of thing they need to focus on. By not doing so, calls into question the very reason for their existence. Either they focus on all comments, even from those they consider their political allies, or they need dispense with any claim to non-partisanship and reimburse any financial help provided by the University of Arizona.”
President Obama, who was in attendance at the Labor Day rally, spoke at a Memorial Service in Tucson after the tragic shootings of January 8th and said the following,”But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
President Obama has had no comment on the words spoken right before he too delivered a speech.