Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., is taking heat from Republicans for raising money off an email that associates the tea party with the Ku Klux Klan.
On Monday, a Grayson fundraising email sent to supporters features an image of two KKK members in full regalia looking at a flaming cross, which is used as the “T” in tea party. “Now You Know What the ‘T’ Stands For,” reads a title under the image.
Grayson goes on to write that, “At this point, the tea party is no more popular than the Klan.”
In response to a whether he thought the fundraising email went too far, Grayson said in a statement that the tea party has used a host of insensitive and racially charged names and imagery to depict Democrats, including President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He cited a litany of examples where the “Tea Party” attacked President Obama by citing his race, including the recurring claims that he is a Kenyan and Muslim
“Tea Party members have circulated countless altered pictures depicting President Obama and the First Lady as monkeys. Tea Party members also called my fellow Member of Congress, civil rights hero John Lewis, a ‘n***ger,’ and Rep. Barney Frank a ‘faggot,’” Grayson wrote verbatim in a written statement. He continued, “One could go on and on, because there is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation. If the shoe fits, wear it.”
Interestingly, it was the Democrats that resisted the Civil Rights movement in Congress. It was Democrats who resisted JFK’s efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act historic 1964 legislation. Indeed, President Kennedy had to enlist the aid of congressional Republicans for this effort to get off the ground. Democrat obstructionists included former President Bill Clinton’s mentor and ardent segregationist, Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright, and a KKK Exalted Cyclops, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Democrats somehow manage to avoid the condemnation that this conduct so richly deserves.
What party in Congress has the only BLACK Senator? That is correct, it is the Republican party and the Senator is from South Carolina where there are many tea party bigots.