National Tea Party Federation kicks out Tea Party Express

Seems there is division within the Tea Party movement.

Mark Williams, the flamethrower leading the battle against the Ground Zero mosque, was kicked out of the National Tea Party Federation Saturday for a racist blog post.

He shrugged off the diss, calling it “grandstanding” from a “minor player on the fringe.”

A California radio host and leader of the Tea Party Express, Williams had labeled the Manhattan boro president a “Jewish Uncle Tom” and President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug.”

But when he posted a satirical letter supposedly from “the Colored People” to President Lincoln praising slavery, that apparently crossed the line.

The federation, an umbrella organization that claims to represent 85 Tea Party groups, kicked out Williams’ group when it wouldn’t fire him.

“We have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote,” federation spokesman David Webb said on CBS‘s “Face the Nation.”

He called the letter – written after the NAACP called on Tea Party leaders to oust racists from their ranks – “clearly offensive.”

Williams response:

who’s the National Tea Party Federation anyway?

“There are internal political dramas amongst the various self-anointed tea party ‘leaders’ and some of the minor players on the fringes see the Tea Party Express and Mark Williams as tickets to a booking on Face the Nation,” he said.

“There is no tea party leadership; every tea partier is a tea party leader.” (Source: NY Daily News)

Williams may be right that there are no “leaders” within the Tea Party movement.  However do actions like this help the movement?

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