Daily Caller –
Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is standing by his campaign’s comparison of the tea party with the Klu Klux Klan.
On Monday, Grayson’s re-election campaign sent out a fundraising email with a picture of a burning cross, which was used as a “t” to spell out “tea party.”
“Now What You Know What The ‘T’ Stands For,” the email read.
Readers who clicked on the picture were directed to a donation page for the congressman’s re-election.
In a long statement, Grayson defended his campaign’s mailer, arguing that the tea party has a history of racism.
“Regarding the image that the campaign circulated, members of the Tea Party have engaged in relentless racist attacks against our African-American President,” Grayson said, before listing alleged racist incidents tea party members have engaged in and including a racist depiction of President Obama.
“Tea Party candidates, including my opponent in the last election, have endorsed forcing Hispanics to speak English,” he added. “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.”