Tancredo’s Tea Party Rant: Illiterate Voters Elected Socialist Obama
February 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The opening night of the first-ever National Tea Party Convention did little to dispel the well deserved racist reputation of the fringe tea party movement. The kick-off speaker, former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo from Colorado, known for his extreme nativism and radical anti-immigration activism, delivered a bigoted and racist rant attacking President Obama as a Socialist ideologue, while he railed against something he called “the cult of multiculturalism.” And he didn’t stop there. Tancredo, who has been linked to a neo-Confederate hate group, invoked the insidious specter of literacy tests and poll taxes, used in the segregated deep South for nearly 100 hundred years to deny African Americans the right to vote. Blacks didn’t receive the right to vote, until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 did away with the racist literacy tests. Tancredo offensively suggested that the lack of a voting literacy test enabled the election of “Barack Hussein Obama.”
Tancredo spoke before a crowd of about 600 teapartiers on Thursday night, at the ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The people in attendance had each shelled out $549.00 for convention tickets.
Tancredo didn’t waste any time, as he immediately began to peddle his offensive hate and racism:
TANCREDO: “And then, something really odd happened, mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country. People who could not even spell the word “vote,” or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
Tancredo also attacked Sen. John McCain, saying that a McCain presidency would have been a disaster. And he claimed that President Obama was on a mission to destroy the constitution:
TANCREDO: “So the race for America is on right now. The president and his left-wing allies in Congress are going to look at every opportunity to destroy the Constitution before we have a chance to save it,” Tancredo told the delegates. “So put your running shoes on. Because I’ll tell you, I’ve heard we need a revolution. My friends, we already had it. We lost. I mean, what happened to us in that last election was a revolution.”
“This is our country,” he told the crowd. “Let’s take it back.” This is a frequent refrain of teapartiers. “We want our country back,” they say repeatedly. But, take it back from where? And from whom? They want to take “their” country back from that black man in the White House of course.
Hilary Shelton, Washington Director of NAACP condemned Tancredo’s incendiary remarks, as “the politics of denigration.”
In addition, as an aside, it’s ironic that Tancredo offensively attacks multicultural Obama supporters who he claims can’t spell the word “vote.” But there are numerous examples of tea party protesters carrying misspelled and grammatically incorrect signs, one of which is attached.