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Garofalo Sticks to Calling Tea Parties 'Racist'

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 11:19 AM

By Dan Weil

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Actress Janeane Garofalo stands by her comments that those attending anti-tax tea parties last month are racist.

She said then that the protests weren’t really about taxes but rather, “about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.”

While being questioned this week by Griff Jenkins of Fox News, Garofalo said, “I stand by my words. I do not apologize.”

When he asked why she called honest protestors racist, Garofalo said, “because they're not just honest protesters. They were indeed motivated a lot by racism. You saw some of those signs. Did you not? And if they are upset about fiscal imprudence, where were they for the last eight years?”

When Jenkins pointed out that Garofalo doesn’t know whether any of the protestors are racists, she replied: “what about that one sign that said, ‘What you talking about, Willis?’”

She says, “If you don't want admit the truth about the racist element to those people that were there, then I would say that you are in deep denial.”

When another questioner, who identified himself as a blogger, accused the actress of hating conservatives, she begged to differ.

“They are not conservatives,” Garofalo said. “Barry Goldwater is a conservative. The conservative party has not been the conservative party since 1980.”

Newsmax columnist Phil Brennan says the mainstream media has been unfair in its coverage of the tax protests. “Instead of covering the tea parties, a legitimate expression of dissatisfaction with an out-of-control spendthrift federal government, the mainstream media derided it and universally portrayed those fellow Americans as near sub-human, non-thinking goons,” he writes.

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