UPROAR BUILDS Over Joe Biden’s Tea Party “Terrorist” Remarks
Sarah Palin said Vice President Biden’s terrorist remarks “appalling” and “vile.”
Uproar continued to build yesterday after it was reported that Vice President Joe Biden said that tea party Republicans were acting like terrorists.
FOX News reported:
Vice President Biden was criticized Monday over reports of a private meeting he had with House Democrats in which Tea Party Republicans were compared to “terrorists,” though Biden denies he described Republicans that way.
A senior Democratic official told Fox News that Biden made such comments in reaction to a heated conversation with liberal House members like Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who were venting that Republicans got too much out of the debt ceiling deal unveiled the night before and “acted like terrorists.”
The comment drew an immediate rebuke from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of the most outspoken Tea Party-aligned lawmakers in Congress.
“With the president holding the American economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a Freedom Fighter,” Paul said in a statement, calling the remarks “insulting.”
But the Democratic official stressed that Biden made the comment to move the conversation along. According to the official, Biden added that despite the Republicans’ behavior, “we got a lot out of this deal.”
The vice president’s office also downplayed the quote.
“The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said.
And these are the same people that lecture conservatives about a new tone.
UPDATE: Michele Bachmann emailed supporters late Monday night to ask them to sign a petition demanding an apology from Biden.