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Democratic Congressman Uses Burning Cross to Compare the Tea Party to the KKK

And vilification of the Tea Party continues. Following the latest Obamacare defund battle, there's been a recent resurgence of Tea Party hatred from Democrats. Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, known for inflammatory rhetoric, decided to capitalize on the fresh wave of anti-Tea Party sentiment.

Congressman Grayson took to MSNBC to discuss his disdain for Tea Partiers, then sent out the following email:

Tea Party KKK

Grayson represents Florida's ninth district, a district that according to, is comprised of a minority majority.

I'm not one to jump into the outrage du jour. I don't find it productive. But to use a burning cross and hooded klan members, one of the most blatant symbols of racism in recent American history, and to juxtapose that with the Tea Party, definitely warrants a response. Not only is comparing the Tea Party to the KKK insanely inaccurate, it suggests the congressman must have forgotten his history on the matter. It was the Democratic party that supported the KKK and elected a klansman to the Senate. But I suppose such facts are inconvenient. 

In any case, Grayson doubled down on his remarks and email saying, "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.”

What overwhelming evidence would that be congressman? 

Deneen Borelli had this to say on the subject:

Grayson’s letter is part of an orchestrated effort by progressives to destroy the Tea Party. It’s a full scale assault that includes IRS intimidation, demeaning characterization by progressive politicians including President Obama and propaganda by left-wing TV hosts at MSNBC.

Not only should Grayson’s constituents be outraged over his inexcusable and divisive language, but freedom-loving Americans should hold Grayson accountable and not allow such behavior to go unchallenged.

And challenge we will.


This email is totally laughable as his district has a majority of Puerto Rican Hispanic voters (65%). Even the blacks and Mulatos are Hispanic. The rest are white conservatives. What the Hispanics have in common with a KKK targeted black minority is questionable! They don't exist in his district! This has to be targeted to outside influences. Perhaps campaign donors?

Chuck Tilbury

I don't care why Grayson said it or what he intends to accomplish. There is nothing that will excuse this kind of behavior. I intend to donate until it hurts to everyone who is running against him, no matter what their political ideology. This despicable liar must not be allowed to stand.