The Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog has provided lots of great reading this week including this post about Dale Robertson – a leader in the Tea Party movement and the founder of TeaParty.org.
Robertson attacked President Obama for spending Memorial Day weekend with his family in Chicago instead of laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery. The attack itself isn’t that surprising and in the big world of political spin isn’t much of a problem. Conservative attacks against Democrats – and even against less conservative members of their own party – often follow the Mr/Ms. X did Y therefore he/she hates our country or the troops or Jesus or all of the above.
The problem is with the overtly racist language Robertson chose to use in his post.
Obama is going home to spend time with “his homies in the Chicago hood,” writes Robertson, who is white. The taxpayers will be footing the bill for the president to “bump and grind in the hood.” While he’s gone, Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife “will step into Obama’s sneakers” to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Obama, meanwhile, will be “shooting hoops, smoking cigarettes and goofing-off with his homies.”
By the way, here’s a picture of Robertson at a Tea Party rally last year.
You see? I told you the Tea Party movement isn’t full of racists.