Grayson compares tea party to KKK - and stands by it
Rep. Alan Grayson can't keep away from controversy. The Orlando area Democrat has caused an uproar over an campaign fundraising letter that compared the tea party to the KKK.
"Ask yourself this: who else in American public life today is as honest and as blunt as this? Congressman Alan Grayson deserves your support, like no one else. He, and only he, is saying the things that you are thinking, and so much need to be said," the solicitation read.
Grayson made the KKK remarks in an interview with Al Sharpton, but the fundraising letter also included a photo of a burning cross. Republicans are aghast.
"Earlier this month, Congressman Joe Garcia made reprehensible remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, equating some of his colleagues to terrorists," RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry said. "The Florida Democratic Party stood silent. Now, Congressman Alan Grayson is reaching back into his box of hate-filled rhetoric, bringing up the KKK and images of burning crosses for the purposes of partisan fundraising. This is unacceptable and deplorable. Allison Tant and her party should condemn Congressman Grayson immediately for these disgusting comments."
Grayson did not back down. In a statement he said:
"Regarding the image that the campaign circulated, members of the Tea Party have engaged in relentless racist attacks against our African-American President. For example, when the President visited my home of Orlando, Tea Party protesters shouted “Kenyan Go Home.”
"Other examples include Tea Party chants of “Bye Bye, Blackbird,” and Tea Party posters saying “Obama’s Plan: White Slavery,” “Imam Obama Wants to Ban Pork” and “The Zoo Has An African Lion, and the White House Has a Lyin’ African,” as well as this repulsive one, depicting the President of the United States as an African witch doctor with bananas in his hair:Tea Party members also have persisted in falsely characterizing the President as Kenyan and Moslem, despite all evidence, in order to disparage him. 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.”
"More generally, the leader of the Texas Tea Party displayed a poster saying “Congress=Slave Owner, Taxpayer=Niggar [sic].” Tea Party Members of Congress have referred to Hispanics as “wetbacks,” and having “cantaloupe-sized calves” from picking fruit. Tea Party candidates, including my opponent in the last election, have endorsed forcing Hispanics to speak English. 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 hood fits, wear it".