Democratic Congressman Compares Tea Party Members to Klu Klux Klan

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 22, 2013   |   3:23PM   |   Washington, DC

Rep. Alan Grayson, a pro-abortion Florida Democrat, is coming under heavy criticism today for comparing the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters. The email attacking pro-life conservatives features a photo of a burning cross.

In the email, Grayson said “the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan” and he claims the “ultimate Tea Party Republican desire” is to “bring about the End of Days.”

The email went out to Grayson’s supporters in a Monday email that also features a picture of a burning cross, with two KKK members in the background, forming the first letter T of the words “Tea Party.” “Now you know what the ‘T’ stands for,” a caption of the photo reads.

When readers of the email click on the controversial photo, they are taken to a page to make donations to support his re-election campaign.

CNN reports that condemnation of the email and the image are coming in swiftly:

Republican Jorge Bonilla, who’s challenging Grayson in 2014, said the email is “despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice.”

Jennifer Burke, national outreach director of, said the email is “deplorable.”



“As a black Tea Party activist, I could say that there’s nothing more offensive than equating the Tea Party with the Ku Klux Klan,” Burke said. “The hate speech uttered by sitting congressman Alan Grayson is deplorable, even by the low levels reached in recent years when Democrats routinely call us racists and suicide bombers.”

Republican operatives at the Republican National Committee, as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, called on the President and their Democratic counterparts to condemn the language.