Rep. Grayson blasted over anti-Tea Party email showing burning cross

October 23, 2013 / Written By The Five staff


·         Rep. Alan Grayson is blasted by Col. Allen West and other black Republicans and conservatives for comparing Tea Party to the KKK…

·         Col. West wants to hear from the NAACP, National Urban League, John Lewis, Congressional Black Caucus, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – let’s call each of these groups and ask for a statement.  We’ll report what they say (or don’t say) [LINK]

Rep. Grayson blasted over anti-Tea Party email showing burning cross

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who is known for lobbing over-the-top rhetorical bombs at his political foes, once again is being accused of taking things too far -- after his campaign sent an email that compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan while depicting a burning cross. The email showed a large image of the flaming cross, with the letters "ea Party" etched in to the right of it. The caption read: "Now You Know What the 'T' Stands For."  The email included "pointed analysis" from Grayson in which he said, "The Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan," blasting the conservative organization for its role in the showdown that resulted in the two-week partial government shutdown. 

Republicans on Tuesday accused the Florida congressman of stepping -- way -- over the line. "There's no excuse for the hateful words and imagery used by Congressman Grayson," said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "This hate-filled rhetoric has Americans fed up with Washington." 

He called on House Democrats to "swiftly and strongly condemn him and return the money he has raised for them." Grayson, though, was unapologetic and defended his Ku Klux Klan comparison. In a written statement provided to, he cited a litany of examples where the "Tea Party" attacked President Obama by citing his race, including the recurring claims that he is a Kenyan and Muslim "despite all evidence."