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Virginia Democrat parrots Alan Grayson: Tea Party and KKK 'one in the same'

Virginia Democrat falsely claims Tea Party and KKK "one in the same."
Virginia Democrat falsely claims Tea Party and KKK "one in the same."
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On Friday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat hoping to unseat Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., said he agreed with Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., and echoed the Florida Democrat, saying the Tea Party and the KKK are "one in the same," in a message on Twitter.

"I 100% agree with Alan Grayson- the KKK and Tea Party one in the same," he tweeted.

Last October, Grayson -- perhaps one of the most obnoxious Democrats in the House -- issued a fundraising email that compared the Tea Party to the KKK, an organization founded by Democrats after the Civil War to keep southern blacks in line. The email showed a picture of a burning cross used as a "t" to spell "Tea Party."

The email prompted Lloyd Marcus to call Grayson a "despicable human being" and an "evil vile man." He also suggested Grayson's email was "purposely designed to gin-up racial hatred against millions of Americans which could easily lead to violence."

"Grayson declaring that the Tea Party is analogous to the KKK is pretty close to declaring open season on white tea party attendees and the traitorous blacks who attend," he said, calling Grayson's highly charged rhetoric "as criminal as yelling fire in a crowded auditorium."

"Grayson has burned a virtual cross on the lawn of America, threatening black and white members of the Tea Party; surrender to Obama’s agenda or we are coming to get you," he added.

The same could be said of Dickinson's comment on Twitter.

At the time, Marcus suggested a class action lawsuit against Grayson and the Democratic Party for the offensive email. Members of Congress enjoy some protection from civil actions, but Dickinson is not a member of Congress.

The message comes on the heels of another false claim by Dickinson that the NRA descended from the KKK.

The KKK, founded in 1866, was used by Democrats to terrorize southern blacks who sided with the Republican Party.

The Tea Party, on the other hand, focuses on the Constitution, fiscal issues, individual liberty and free market principles.

So far, Dickinson's campaign has focused almost entirely on his personal hatred of Fox News, the NRA, the Tea Party and those who watch Fox News.

Dickinson has also said gun owners are like "little children" and has called for guns to be titled and registered like cars.

Note: Dickinson has agreed to debate this writer on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. Pacific time, here.



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