A radio host who served as a spokesman of the Tea Party Express cut ties with the organization Friday, after coming under fire earlier this week for a racially tinged blogpost about the NAACP.
Mark Williams, according to a press release from the Tea Party Express, is leaving his role “to free the Tea Party movement from any more distraction based on my personal comments or blogs.”
“The media coverage over a recent satirical posting on my personal MarkTalk.com blog risks injuring the Tea Party Express, the Tea Party movement as a whole, and the people in this movement who I respect and admire so much,” Williams said in his resignation letter to the Tea Party Express. “It has become increasingly unacceptable that the media and our domestic enemies continue to anoint me as the official voice of a massively diverse and broad-based movement.”
Williams said he intends “to continue to fight in the spirit of and for the causes of the Tea Party Movement.”
Yet other leaders in the movement have distanced themselves from Williams. “The man is a disgusting, vile, racist, pig … I don’t stand with people like that,” said Tea Party Patriots’ national coordinator, Mark Meckler, in an interview with The Daily Caller this week.
“Anybody who claims that they didn’t know what Mark Williams was about, maybe they don’t have a computer. Maybe they don’t know how to use Google,” he said.