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Hoffa doubles down, will ‘never apologize,’ blasts Fox News as ‘anti-worker’

Some have called Teamsters President James Hoffa’s Monday remarks ill-advised, but he isn’t backing away and, instead, is claiming to have gotten a positive response from his members.

The controversy erupted when Hoffa told a cheering crowd at a Labor Day celebration attended by President Obama, “We are at war! . . . President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march . . . Let’s take these sons of bitches out, and give America back to an America where we belong.”

In a cable TV appearance on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Tuesday, Hoffa told host Ed Schultz about the response and how his tough-sounding tack has resonated.

“The phones rang off the hook at all of our locals today,” Hoffa said. “The members are calling in. Finally, somebody’s standing up for us. Somebody’s saying what has to be said. We’re tired of this namby-pamby talk that’s out there. Let’s go out and call these people what they are. Let’s go after the issue of voting. Let’s talk about the war on workers. And let’s make sure we mobilize and vote in November. It was a tremendous response today. The phones rang off the hook in tremendous support from working families.”

Schultz asked Hoffa if he really thought “the Republicans are sons of bitches,” and Hoffa doubled down.

“I think they are, if they’re trying to take food out of the mouth of working people,” Hoffa declared. “What kind of a person does that? What kind of a person tries to take away collective bargaining from public employees, from firemen, from policemen, from teachers? What kind of person wants to go in and take away their pensions? You know what? That’s a bad person, and that’s the kind of people we’re talking about, because that is the war on workers. The war on workers started January of this year. The minute those people got in, one of the first things they did was to introduce right to work in 14 states almost simultaneously. That is the Tea Party, and that’s their agenda. I’m very proud of what we did.”

Hoffa also had some choice words about Fox News, which played his comments throughout the day on Tuesday.

“Well, I think Fox is really a parallel universe. You watch that, and you really wonder what world they’re in. They’re anti-worker. They’re anti-Obama. They talk about right to work. They just completely spin out a complete different reality than what you and I see. You watch other networks, they’re not talking about what they’re talking about. And the people they have in, the Glenn Becks, the O’Reillys, you know, and those people – they’re so anti-Obama, anti-the Democratic Party, anti-workers, anti-people. And basically, what do they talk about? Oh, we got to take away those entitlements.”

He said he believed spreading the allegation that entitlements are under threat from Fox News is important.

“Taking away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. You know, when you tell people that’s what the war is about – they say, well, we’re not going to vote for them. But that’s the message we have to deliver to make sure we take away all this rhetoric and say ‘those people want to take away what we believe is important to every American – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.’ When you get old and you work hard, you work for 40 or 50 years, you’re entitled to those things.”

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  • Anonymous

    The difference between Mussolini and Obama is that one is of the Early Twentieth Century and the other is of the Early Twenty-First Century. A sample from Wikipedia about a Community Organizer – Union Organizer who (if he were alive today) would call himself a “Progressive” follows:
    “In 1902, Mussolini emigrated to Switzerland, partly to avoid military service. He worked briefly as a stonemason in Geneva, Fribourg and Bern, but was unable to find a permanent job. During this time he studied the ideas of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, and the syndicalist Georges Sorel. Mussolini also later credited the Marxist Charles Péguy and the syndicalist Hubert Lagardelle as some of his influences. Sorel’s emphasis on the need for overthrowing decadent liberal Democracy and Capitalism by the use of violence, direct action, the general strike, and the use of neo-Machiavellian appeals to emotion, impressed Mussolini deeply. Mussolini became active in the Italian socialist movement in Switzerland, working for the paper L’Avvenire del Lavoratore, organizing meetings, giving speeches to workers and serving as secretary of the Italian workers’ union in Lausanne. In 1903, he was arrested by the Bernese police because of his advocacy  of a violent general strike, spent two weeks in jail, was deported to  Italy, set free there, and returned to Switzerland.”

  • Anonymous

    The difference between Mussolini and Obama is that one is of the Early Twentieth Century and the other is of the Early Twenty-First Century. A sample from Wikipedia about a Community Organizer – Union Organizer who (if he were alive today) would call himself a “Progressive” follows:
    “In 1902, Mussolini emigrated to Switzerland, partly to avoid military service. He worked briefly as a stonemason in Geneva, Fribourg and Bern, but was unable to find a permanent job. During this time he studied the ideas of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, and the syndicalist Georges Sorel. Mussolini also later credited the Marxist Charles Péguy and the syndicalist Hubert Lagardelle as some of his influences. Sorel’s emphasis on the need for overthrowing decadent liberal Democracy and Capitalism by the use of violence, direct action, the general strike, and the use of neo-Machiavellian appeals to emotion, impressed Mussolini deeply. Mussolini became active in the Italian socialist movement in Switzerland, working for the paper L’Avvenire del Lavoratore, organizing meetings, giving speeches to workers and serving as secretary of the Italian workers’ union in Lausanne. In 1903, he was arrested by the Bernese police because of his advocacy  of a violent general strike, spent two weeks in jail, was deported to  Italy, set free there, and returned to Switzerland.”

  • BeauEvil

    How can ANY “American” be against a Right to Work?!  Unions would be bad enough IF they were simply extortion, essentially forcing a “tax” on products to line their pockets. BUT, what is far, far worse is that the “they” lining their pockets are mobsters!  Unionists are shills for mobsters in a mobster extortion racket!  DEATH TO UNIONS!

  • UhhhDude

    The DC, as well as FOXNEWS, did not reproduce the full quote, which is as follows: “Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back and keep the eye on the prize,let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong! Thank you very much!” That bold text? It changes the context of the quote. Shame on DC for selectively editing this quote to start a firestorm.