Hoffa Stands Behind His Comments at Labor Day Presidential Event


Here are additional comments that Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. said to Ed Schultz on MSNBC in response to comments he made at a Presidential event on Labor Day.

“The phones rang off the hook at all of our locals today. The members are calling in. Finally, somebody’s standing up for us. Somebody’s saying what has to be said. We’re tired of this namby-pamby talk that’s out there. Let’s go out and call these people what they are. Let’s go after the issue of voting. Let’s talk about the war on workers. And let’s make sure we mobilize and vote in November. It was a tremendous response today. The phones rang off the hook in tremendous support from working families.”

When asked about Tea Party Republicans and if he thinks they were "SOBs," Hoffa said the following:

“I think they are, if they’re trying to take food out of the mouth of working people. What kind of a person does that? What kind of a person tries to take away collective bargaining from public employees, from firemen, from policemen, from teachers? What kind of person wants to go in and take away their pensions? You know what? That’s a bad person, and that’s the kind of people we’re talking about, because that is the war on workers. The war on workers started January of this year. The minute those people got in, one of the first things they did was to introduce right to work in 14 states almost simultaneously. That is the Tea Party, and that’s their agenda. I’m very proud of what we did.”

“Taking away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. You know, when you tell people that’s what the war is about – they say, well, we’re not going to vote for them. But that’s the message we have to deliver to make sure we take away all this rhetoric and say ‘those people want to take away what we believe is important to every American – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.’ When you get old and you work hard, you work for 40 or 50 years, you’re entitled to those things.”


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