Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klu Klan (KKK) when his campaign sent out an email with a burning cross image. FOX News reports Oct. 22 that the Grayson email had a photo of a burning cross with the letters "ea Party" seen to the right of it.
The caption read: "Now You Know What the 'T' Stands For."
The email had a "pointed analysis" by Grayson himself that read, "The Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan."
Grayson was ranting about the conservative group for its part in the recent government showdown that lasted weeks.
Republicans blasted the Florida congressman for going way too far.
"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."
Gorman "swiftly and strongly condemn him and return the money he has raised for them."
Grayson actually defended comparing the Tea Party to the KKK.
The congressman submitted a statement to FOX News in which he gave examples of how the "Tea Party" has targeted President Obama over his race and the organization's claims that he's a Kenyan and Muslim "despite all evidence."
"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," Grayson said.
Grayson has made other controversial comments in the past. His most memorable was accusing Republicans of wanting Americans to "die quickly" when the health care law was being debated.
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