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Tea Party's Martin: Desperate Foes Push Racist 'Myth'

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 08:33 PM

The tea party is not racist, and that myth is being pushed by those desperate to dilute the group's push to take back the country from liberals, says Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots.

"It is a very frustrating accusation that continues to come at us, and we even saw it when we were in Mississippi from Republicans as well, so it's not just the left, it is also the Republicans," Martin said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We see it the most . . . [with] the issues that we stand up for, [that] the vast majority of Americans agree with us on.

"They're concerned when we're $17 trillion in debt, they want the border secure, they don't want amnesty, they want Obamacare repealed."

Some tea party critics say the group has racist overtones because of its roots in the South and Dixiecrat influences. That's nonsense, says Martin.

"When we're taking up an issue where 60, 70, 80 percent of Americans agree with us and politicians on either side of the aisle have to address the real problems at hand, they do everything they can to distract people," she said.

"They call us names and use race baiting to turn people against us rather than focus on the issue and the solutions."

Last month, Lloyd Marcus, the black founder of a tea party PAC called the Conservative Campaign Committee, appeared on Newsmax TV to insist that tea party supporters were wrongly being assaulted from all sides as racist and unreasonable for challenging the status quo.

He singled out the national Republican Party for "despicably . . . race-baiting" Chris McDaniel, the tea-party challenger in Mississippi, during his failed primary bid to unseat an aging GOP incumbent, Sen. Thad Cochran.

He said the "racist" charge hurled at tea partiers is at odds with his personal experience.

"I have been to 400 tea party rallies nationwide," said Marcus. "No white person has tried to hurt me in any way."

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joins Steve to discuss the upcoming midterm elections and how confident she is that the tea party can help the GOP take over the Senate

** Do you agree?
The Republicans have a good opportunity to flip the Senate and this is good for America because we'll be able to stop the president's agenda and we need to be able to do that in the last two years of his administration.
** On the immigration executive order and Obama delaying that action…
He’s trying to protect the endangered Democrats in the Senate and yet he knows poll after poll right now shows that Americans do not want amnesty they want our borders secure, they're concerned about the threat of terrorism and they want to make sure that our country is secure from terrorism and when we have such a porous border it concerns Americans. So even he does this after the election I don't think that Americans are going to turn a blind eye to his actions. When he goes around and he says, if Congress will do nothing it's actually the Senate who's doing nothing, the Republicans did pass legislation in July trying to address the problems that are going on at the border right now and the Senate refused to take it on.
** How do the Republicans other than just saying it and communicating it get their message across…
The polling that we just referenced shows that the American people understand that the House right now is trying to address the problems and that they want solutions that will make America a better place and will get our country back on the right track. People feel like the country is on the right track at the wrong track, it's been on the wrong track for years at this point and they're looking for something different that will address the problems.
** Where's the disconnect between the leadership and the chore base of the Tea Party and the conservatives in this country?
There is a disconnect I will give the House leadership the credit that they are due. During July they did listen to the base, to the conservatives and to the Tea Party activists, who were saying you have to do the right thing with the border, we've got to end the deferred action on the minors who are coming into the country and they did the right thing, to their credit they did the right thing. They need to continue to do that, listen to your base and when you do, they respond favorably and that's a good thing. When they don't we have to hold them accountable and we will continue to do that as we have to.
** On people who say the Tea Party is racist…
It is a very frustrating accusation that continues to come at us and we even saw it when we were in Mississippi from Republicans as well so it's not just the left, it is also the Republicans. We see it the most when we find that the issues that we stand up for, the vast majority of Americans agree with us on, they're concerned when we're $17 trillion in debt they want the border secure, they don't want amnesty they want Obamacare repealed so when we go out and we're taking up an issue where 60, 70, 80 percent of Americans agree with us and politicians on either side of the aisle have to address the real problems at hand, they do everything they can to distract people with some shiny object and then in the case that you're talking about they call us names and use race baiting to turn people against us rather than focus on the issue and the solutions.
**Going forward what do you see as the future of the Tea Party?
We’re going to continue to stand for personal freedom, economic freedom and we're going to do everything in our power to make sure that we leave a debt free future for our country, for our children and grandchildren.


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