So over the weekend the National Tea Party Federation kicked out the very racist Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express. It didn’t take long for the Tea Party Leader to respond to the NTPF with a post titled, Tea Party Federation outburst sets us all back.
The question for the week became where the rest of Wingnutopia would come down on the expulsion. Earlier today a second Tea Party group, Tea Party Nation released a statement supporting the NTPF’s expulsion of Williams and the TPE, but they may be acting a bit in haste as Rushbo, Beck and Sarah have yet to comment on the dust-up.
And today, the Tea Party Express has released a response to their expulsion to the Wingnutopia gossip and fanboy site, The Daily Caller. Man, they really hate the
National Tea Party Federation Judean People’s Front. For example:
Joe Wierzbicki, a founding member of TPX, told The Daily Caller in an e-mail that the federation was “wrong.”
“Circular firing squads of groups within the Tea Party movement attacking one another accomplish nothing, and on this issue the Tea Party Federation was wrong, and enabled and empowered the NAACP’s racist attacks on the Tea Party movement,” Wierzbicki said.
He said it’s no big deal that TPX, which has been a very visible organization in the grassroots movement, was expelled too. “We’re really not concerned by it,” he said. “The Tea Party Express with over 400,000 members is far larger than the Tea Party Federation’s entire membership.”
I like his focus on size and the smooth way he doubled down on the racism. Way to go Joe! What else have you got? Oh yeah, this is good:
Wierzbicki continued: “Most rank-and-file Tea Party activists think we’re talking about Star Trek when we try to explain who the ‘Federation’ is, which given the absurdity of their actions is quite fitting, since their action is alien to our membership.”
Not only are the
National Tea Party Federation Judean People’s Front splitters, they are also Trekkies–TeaBaggers from another planet as it were. And dig how responding to the outburst of real racism–like the Lincoln letter from Williams–is defined as ‘alien’ to the Tea Party movement.
I guess once Rushbo and Beck set the talking points folks will fall in line. And yet, it will be interesting to see how Republicans respond to this issue. Some like McConnell will run away, but others like Sharron Angle will have a harder time of it as she owes her Primary win to the TPE. It will be interesting to see what she says if she ever emerges from her bunker to answer a question.
Still, I love this new Wingnut meme: the Federation is just a bunch of Trekkie Splitters!
Pass it on.