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Hoyer slams 'deniers' of racial incidents at Capitol

By Ben Pershing
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a plea for civility Tuesday, calling on his colleagues not to "incite the public" and criticizing Republicans who doubt whether much-discussed racially charged incidents during last month's health-care debate ever took place.

Returning from an Easter recess marked by heated partisan rhetoric over health care and a rash of high-profile threats against members of Congress, Hoyer suggested at his weekly press briefing that there was a link between what lawmakers say about each other and how their constituents behave in response.

Hoyer emphasized "the need for all public officials -- all members of Congress of either party -- to urge the American people and conduct ourselves in a way that provides an environment for civility.... That debate ought to be civil, ought to be constructive, and ought to be designed to educate the public, not incite the public."

During the House debate on health-care reform in March, an African-American lawmaker reported that he was spit on by a protester outside the Capitol, while two others said they were subjected to racial epithets. In the ensuing weeks, some conservatives -- particularly Andrew Breitbart -- have expressed skepticism that the incidents actually happened, demanding some form of proof that they did. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) joined the chorus of doubters at a Minnesota rally two weeks ago.

Hoyer stopped short of explicitly equating Bachmann and her fellow skeptics with those who claim the Holocaust never took place, but he used similar language to dismiss their arguments.

"I first of all think it undermines the credibility of somebody who's a denier," Hoyer said. "People deny a lot of things that happened, bad things that happened, and I don't think that's particularly useful. I don't think there's any doubt that what John Lewis said happened and what others saw happen and heard happen, did in fact happen. So I think the credibility of that assertion is questionable."

Hoyer also fired back at Chris Baker, a conservative radio host who appeared with Bachmann at another Minnesota event a week later. Baker referred to Democrats as "a lying, thieving ... bunch of commies."

"I was very, very concerned and disappointed" by those comments, Hoyer said. "Not only do I not think it's useful. I think it creates an atmosphere and debate that is [not] constructive and can sometimes be dangerous."

During the recess, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) announced that he was retiring from the House after being the subject of much vitriol from opponents of health-care reform. Stupak was the leader of a bloc of antiabortion Democrats who cut a deal with the Obama administration to support the reform bill in the end, and he received threats after the measure passed.

Asked whether he thought the threats and criticism forced Stupak to leave the House, Hoyer said: "Bart Stupak is a courageous member. I don't think he was forced out by anyone."

"Do I think the negative atmosphere that's been created by the Tea Party and by others certainly goes into the thinking of members? I think it does.... I don't think that was a determining factor with respect to Mr. Stupak, because again, he was in very good shape in the polls so it wasn't a question of him losing his election."

By Ben Pershing  |  April 13, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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HAHAHAHA. D0nttread0nme, where is your certificate of sanity from the last mental hospital from which you were released? It's lunatics like you that make the teabaggers appear as ridiculous as they are. He has provided his birth certificate you silly freak.

Posted by: watchingtheworldgoround | April 17, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA. D0nttread0nme, where is your certificate of sanity from the last mental hospital from which you were released? It's lunatics like you that make the teabaggers appear as ridiculous as they are. He has provided his birth certificate you silly freak.

Posted by: watchingtheworldgoround | April 17, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA. D0nttread0nme, where is your certificate of sanity from the last mental hospital from which you were released? It's lunatics like you that make the teabaggers appear as ridiculous as they are. He has provided his birth certificate you silly freak.

Posted by: watchingtheworldgoround | April 17, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA QUOTE:
“…my administration will make all information available to the American people so that they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable”

PLEASE ACCOUNT FOR YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE SIR. The time has come for the President to perform his duty to THIS country and show us his birth certificate. No certificate? Then all of these constitutional crimes go away; the czars, healthcare, all of it. There are too many questions, too many doubts and he has been dodging far too long. Where there is smoke there is fire. The more people that begin asking for the proof, the less he and the major broadcast networks will be able to ignore us as they have done with so many other issues. If there is the slightest doubt in your mind then you too need to be asking. We have let the seemingly small things go and look where that has taken us. I want to talk about it because they are in cover-up mode. It would be such an easy thing for any one of us to show our birth certificate. Why is it so difficult for him? Why does he treat this country as if he is ashamed of it? Why does he treat our allies as if they are enemies? Why does he encourage Congress to ignore the will of the people? Why did his wife refer to his home country as Kenya? Why will he not release his own school records? Why does he disgracefully bow to the leaders of other countries? Why does he admire dictators from other countries? THIS IS OBAMA’S WATERGATE. There is no need to impeach someone who is not qualified to be president. Everything he has signed, ordered, or acted upon is illegal. So I ask you Obama: WHERE IS YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

Posted by: D0ntTread0nMe | April 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice how the scum media is so quick to be the mouthpiece for the Democrats? Whenever the Dems need a forum, the scum media (e.g.> NY Times, Wash Post, L.A. Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, JEWSWEEK, TIME, etc.) is always "at the ready."

Posted by: vince33x | April 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Notice how the democrats say "alleged" terrorist underwear bomber, despite the guy being caught redhanded, on tape, with a plane load full of witnesses? But Steny Hoyer says - I don't need no stinking proof, the Holocaust (murder of 6 million jews) = health care protest? That John Lewis can say and do anything and it is gospel, no proof required?

Shame on Steny Hoyer for equating the Holocaust with people asking for proof of a hate crime. The police who were guarding Lewis DID NOT HEAR IT! D.C. law provide that screaming a racist name is a hate crime. The POLICE DIDN'T HEAR IT!!!!

I believe the law enforcement officers over the party puppets.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | April 14, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

John Lewis lied about Hillary Clinton during the campaign, implied she and Bill were bigots.

There is no reason to believe John Lewis above anyone else if there is no proof. At first he said he didn't hear it and was told by one of his co-horts from Indiana that it was said. Then he remembered it was said, and now he won't go on camera and proclaim it was said.

Steny Hoyer is pathetic. He is claiming a certainty when the proof is to the contrary - there were reporters all around and no one taped it? We are supposed to believe the DNC politican machine?

They got the country to believe Bill and Hillary were bigots, it seems they are trying to once again skew the message and lie to the public.

It got old about a year ago.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | April 14, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

All of us who oppose the Presidents "plans" for this country KNOW that this is the strategy of the Progressives to discredit the protesters. They can YELL all they want but we don't care. We KNOW it's not true and we are not racists. Enough said....We'll see what election says in November. Please check DC in August and September and count heads!!!

Posted by: etshoney | April 14, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

For some years, calling someone a racist has been free speech that pretty much ends free speech. Yet it seems that “racist” is getting more air these days, especially by those who can’t accept the reality that criticism of America’s first black president is seldom, if ever, genuinely motivated by race. Candidate Obama promoted himself as America’s post-race President. And his presidency may indeed be viewed by history as a watershed in this regard, but maybe not in the way he imagined. The hackneyed overuse of “racist” by those supporters who can’t see Obama as anything more or less robust than a black man may wind up serving America well. The Obama era may be recalled as the interval when America finally got its fill of race-mongers -- and crawled over a major bump on its road to a genuinely post-race nation.

BTW, Hoyer is and has always been a partisan hack. Smarter than many, but that's the sum total of what he is... and as a former elected official in Maryland, I came to know this close-up.

Posted by: rethman | April 13, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Tpee Baggers synonymous with Republicans, they are inseparable

When bush was in office, which took the country down to its lowest level in decades, we elected a new President to clean up the mess. Because of Bush and the Republican tpee baggers, Americans were forced to wake up and elect the first African American President who is highly educated and intelligent and works for all Americans. Republican tpee baggers have not been awaken, they were never sleep. They just coudn't do anything about the election so they have come up with a plan to try and change the will of the American People. Everyone knows their main objective is to take down the President and anyone who supports him. They are not saying anything different and they were saying the same things during the civil war, social security, medicare, voting rights, etc. When they say they are against big goverment, they are really not. They are against the majority of Americans in this country. They don't care about the past eight years and would be willing to accept the same again if it meant not having an African American President. When it comes to running this country, they actually agree with him on many more things than they disagree with him. Reagan, Republican tpee baggers and others had the same goals as our President when it comes the nuclear arms race. Republican tpee baggers understand the problems we had with healthcare in this country and agree with President Obama on the changes needed more than they disagreed. The bottom line is they can not accept the first African American President accomplishing something that could not be accomplished by any other president in at least the past 5 decades. Their position from the begining was if they could stop President Obama on healthcare, it would be his waterloo. The fact of the matter is it would be the country's waterloo. Deficit reduction of almost 1 trillion in the first decade and 1.35 trillion in 2 decades, more waste eliminated, insured people no longer denied or kicked out of their policy by the insurance companies after they collected years of premiums,no denials because of pre-existing conditions, insurance pools, 32 mil more people covered-hospitals no longer being able to collect exhorbitant charges from the taxpayers for indigent patients, etc., this healthcare reform, even though its not perfect but continues to be tweaked, will be good for the country.

Posted by: twamanee_1 | April 13, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

twanee, that was a very hate filled rant you posted about those expressing their Constitutional rights. You said so many stupid and outlandish things that it would take pages to refute. Uneducated whites, want to go back to slavery. How dumb. The people I see on TV and those at our local Tea Party last April 15th are everything from blue collar to white collar professionals. I saw you had to inject race. So very sad that we have people like you who see race behind every face. Where is all this tolerance you looney leftist like to talk about? You are a hypocrite.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

When i was in school during the middle ages. We were taught that patriotism was good. We were taught to be proud of our country and feel good about ourselves.Tea baggers are expressing those values. Shouldn't we concentrate on the issues that concern them instead of the name calling. I didn't hear this refile or condescension when others called Bush a Nazi hate monger or when Harry Reid announced that we had lost the war in Iraq and afganistan.I know the calls that it's Bush's fault. But, I have a flash Dems Obama is preident not Bush and he has awakened a sleeping Giant.

Posted by: tglasgow | April 13, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

When i was in school during the middle ages. We were taught that patriotism was good. We were taught to be proud of our country and feel good about ourselves.Tea baggers are expressing those values. Shouldn't we concentrate on the issues that concern them instead of the name calling. I didn't hear this refile or condescension when others called Bush a Nazi hate monger or when Harry Reid announced that we had lost the war in Iraq and afganistan.I know the calls that it's Bush's fault. But, I have a flash Dems Obama is preident not Bush and he has awakened a sleeping Giant.

Posted by: tglasgow | April 13, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Awwh, those tpee partiers, what a group! These people are anti-americans. But then so are the KKK, Arian Nation, Skin Heads, Timothy McVeigh, just to name a few. See the commonality? The group is made up mostly of undereducated and uneducated white people and a couple of housekeepers, just for color effect so they can say "See, we have a couple of THEM out here with us". So they are against the government intervening on behalf of the most vulnerable americans.

It was the government that freed the slaves, gave everyone voting rights, made racial discrimination illegal, provided for equal housing, gave women equal rights, etc. They didn't like that either.
It was the government that enacted social security and medicare for our seniors. Ummh, they didn't like that either-or do they, they don't seem to know. Try asking them to turn it down and I suppose then and only then will we know for sure. It is the government that started their (Iraq)war, gave tax cuts to the richest americans, total control to the banks and wall street and humongous tax payer money to well connected groups like Haliburton under their watch which all but destroyed families and America, including some of them (insanity here). No complaints though. They liked that and want more, or do they just want and require a President to be White? What truly makes sense here is that the tpee partiers are not anti-government, but are anti-americans, certain americans. It is the government's reponsibility to present opportunity and protection (ex. wartime) for all Americans. Without Healthcare, there is little real opportunity and folks are enslaved again. That's what these dummies really want: to take the country back to slavery. They are seriously taken advantage of by their own, the ones who are smarter than them who make millions like Sarah Palin, Rush Lumbar, Glenn what the Heck and others selling them stupidity. They will sacrifice their own best interest to promote their own emotional retardation and hatred.

Posted by: twamanee_1 | April 13, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Carolynbeauty, name one thing Michelle Bachman has said that is "treasonous" or anything that is malicious. You people must think the rest of us are stupid or something. We watch the news. We can hear and think for ourselves. Basically, you are a hater because you can't give one specific example. You should be ashamed.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The tea party spitter was let go because the local prosecutor is a tea party hack.

Posted by: jy151310 | April 13, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It was the two big bruisers in purple shirts. They knocked the Congressman to the ground and started kicking him.

Posted by: jy151310 | April 13, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Mathmnthe:
"...Tea Party as a shield for their abusive unAmerican tactics..."
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Examples, please, detailing the "tactics" employed, where it allegedly happened along with time and date...or shut the %$#@ up!


Posted by: sosueme1 | April 13, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by:
"...Mathmnthe Tea Party as a shield for their abusive unAmerican tactics..."
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Examples, please, detailing the "tactics" employed, where it allegedly happened along with time and date...or shut the %$#@ up!


Posted by: sosueme1 | April 13, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

david69 -
United States Marine Corps Viet Nam combat vet (3rd MarDiv '65-'66) here. You silly socialists are wrong about everything else, so why not keep your record in tact. MORON!

Posted by: sosueme1 | April 13, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Steny Hoyer does not need to cast any bad light on the Tea Party. The good intentions of most of its members is undermined by the actions of the radicals who use the Tea Party as a shield for their abusive unAmerican tactics.

Posted by: Mathmn | April 13, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Steny Hoyer does not need to cast any bad light on the Tea Party. The good intentions of most of its members is undermined by the actions of the radicals who use the Tea Party as a shield for their abusive unAmerican tactics.

Posted by: Mathmn | April 13, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

how come there were zerO reports of threats submitted to stupid i mean stupak when they were coming from the leftists?

note to stoney hoyer if it's not on you tube IT DIDN'T HAPPEN especially when a $100,000.00 reward is offered for the tape and STILL none can be found

Posted by: shorething | April 13, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It's impossible to win an argument with an ignorant man, and the ignorance in some of these comments is pretty telling.
"Senator" Hoyer is actually Representative Hoyer (different house!) and a lot of the commentators have no knowlege of Rep. John Lewis's past as a participant in the earliest of the sit-ins and freedom rides to end a hundred years of American apartheid that followed the Civil War. He has repeatedly shown more courage and dignity in one day than many of these vitriol spewing folks could ever muster. He has no need to lie about the racial slurs from these crowds.

Posted by: tkerley8 | April 13, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Backmann and all republicans in congress should be held accountable for their actions. Backmann should be held for treason for exciting all that has happen. This is what we have as a member of the U S governing body. If blacks, mexicans, or muslim citizens would do or say some of the things Backmann and her cohorts are doing and saying thye would have been arrested for treason or distrubing the piece.

Posted by: carolynlebeaufyahoocom | April 13, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say that basically all REPUBLICANS SUCK!!! You’re all a bunch of scumbags who when it comes to really having to step up and defend this country you all seem to have other things to do. Definition of a pussy; REPUBLICAN. You’re all a bunch of whinny pricks!!!

Posted by: david69 | April 13, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say that basically all REPUBLICANS SUCK!!! You’re all a bunch of scumbags who when it comes to really having to step up and defend this country you all seem to have other things to do. Definition of a pussy; REPUBLICAN. You’re all a bunch of whinny pricks!!!

Posted by: david69 | April 13, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the right wing, The GOP and Fox news have their 'marching orders'.
Downplay any and all racial slurs and comments by hateful participants.
Make it seem like the Democrats and the 'liberals' are making something out of nothing. I've been hearing it for some time now...just last night on Fox news,, Bernie Goldberg making claims that the liberals are using accusations of racism to cause trouble and stir up the base.
O'Reilly and Goldberg claim there is no racism on display here and that it is all made up.
I've been hearing it again and again..
Good for Sen. Hoyer in shining light on the Republican lies.
The Democrat party should be more aggressive in pointing out the lies that are being spread to this country in a concerted effort by republicans to regain power.
Just today, I heard that little squirrel Dick Morris make the claim that President Obama is possibly the first "anti-american President" that we've had...say what??

Posted by: richmonet | April 13, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the right wing, The GOP and Fox news have their 'marching orders'.
Downplay any and all racial slurs and comments by hateful participants.
Make it seem like the Democrats and the 'liberals' are making something out of nothing. I've been hearing it for some time now...just last night on Fox news,, Bernie Goldberg making claims that the liberals are using accusations of racism to cause trouble and stir up the base.
O'Reilly and Goldberg claim there is no racism on display here and that it is all made up.
I've been hearing it again and again..
Good for Sen. Hoyer in shining light on the Republican lies.
The Democrat party should be more aggressive in pointing out the lies that are being spread to this country in a concerted effort by republicans to regain power.
Just today, I heard that little squirrel Dick Morris make the claim that President Obama is possibly the first "anti-american President" that we've had...say what??

Posted by: richmonet | April 13, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say that basically all REPUBLICANS SUCK!!! You’re all a bunch of scumbags who when it comes to really having to step up and defend this country you all seem to have other things to do. Definition of a pussy; REPUBLICAN. You’re all a bunch of whinny pricks!!!

Posted by: david69 | April 13, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"spider", could you be more specific about those "terrible comments" coming from Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. I listen to them regularly and do not hear "extreme" comments coming from them. I'm currently reading Sarah's book and you haters out there should read it. You will find a hard working mother who loves her family, her country and I haven't found one "mean" thing she has said or done. Name me one thing that you despise about these two beautiful, successful women other than they are conservatives. Maybe we will really understand the real you.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Does race explain all the opposition to Obama? No. Does race explain a considerable amount of the additional vitriol and cognitive dissonance (far above anything directed at Clinton, the Bushes, Reagan or Carter) that we see today? Well, there is never anyway to definitively answer a question like this because it strikes at the internal mechanisms, both conscious and subconscious.

However, I do not think that it is coincidental that the last time we saw this type of behavior and language from the American Right, it was directed at Lyndon Johnson and the northern and urban Democrats looking to pass the Civil Rights amendment. And it is not so much the wild and crazy claims by what would normally be fringe elements, like Palin and Bachman, make that is troubling; it is that so many good, right-leaning, sensible people are willing to believe these wild and crazy statements.

It is not that Obama is foolishly optimistic like Carter, or too-weak, as they think liberals are (despite historical evidence about what party has won our major wars); it is the willingness to believe the claim that he is deliberately trying to destroy America that is so different today. It is not a stretch to think that race is playing a role in enhancing the plausibility of such a claim, after all it is a lot easier to believe that someone is trying to destroy your community, if you don't truly believe, consciously and/or subconsciously, that the person is genuinely a member of your community... and it easier to think that someone is not a part of your community when their difference from you is as plain as your face.

Posted by: orgbluspider | April 13, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

joltinjo:

I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. It's a relief to know that there are former Republicans who have common sense. Until people realize that vast disparities in wealth represent capitalism's self-destructive extreme, AND that that 1 percent who make 95 percent of the income should pay at least 97.5 percent of taxes, the teabaggers will make more and more misery.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | April 13, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

joltinjo, I take exception with your "racist" rant. When I look at Obama, yes, I know he is a black man, and it doesn't matter. I should remind you that without the white vote, he doesn't win. I'm against his policies because I truly believe they are bad for our country. You act like Republicans are totally responsible for our current economy. Anyone with any knowledge, knows that it's the Congress who appropriates money...not the President. As for the "wars", all major world intelligence agencies said Sadaam had WOD's as did key DEM figures like the Clinton's, Kerry, etc. Let's put that one to bed. You have drank the "rich men are to blame koolaid". Everyone is to blame...both parties. Where do you live? I don't know of a state where housing is worth "half" what it was. Some exageration going on here. Look, Washington in total is to blame and when we stop talking about "our party", then we can have some meaningful dialogue. It ain't about "RACE", it's about living within your means and that includes our government.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For those supporting Bachman, please ask her to stand her ground. She insists upon limiting government spending and government programs, so stand behind her self righteous being. But if you do that, ask her to return the $253,000 farm subsidy she gets for not growing food on her farm. Tell her to live the talk or shut up. Don't let her represent you when you know she'll lie to you as long as she gets some fast easy cash.

Posted by: joltinjo | April 13, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I find Mr. Hoyer's comments insightful and civil, and helpful. We have come to an Orwellian time indeed when a plea for civility is met with vitriol. My right-wing friends, you can't have it both ways.

Posted by: brent2 | April 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I too applaud Steny Hoyer for his prevarication. Every time you stupid silly-socialists attempt to denigrate and marginalize the Tea Party Patriots it only serves to temper our resolve. Go ahead, continue your outright lies and fabrications...it adds another thousand to our ranks each time you do!

MORONS!

Posted by: sosueme1 | April 13, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer, you liar, there isn't one shred of evidence that any of that ever happened; no video, no witnesses, no cops witnessed and said it didn't happen, nothing.

Your little minions on hear are commenting like this is God's truth, witnessed, video, and proof given. None of that is true. More disinformation; true Josef Goebbels propaganda.

Posted by: rebart | April 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer, you liar, there isn't one shred of evidence that any of that ever happened; no video, no witnesses, no cops witnessed and said it didn't happen, nothing.

Your little minions on hear are commenting like this is God's truth, witnessed, video, and proof given. None of that is true. More disinformation; true Josef Goebbels propaganda.

Posted by: rebart | April 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Here is a list that describes most Tea Party people. See where you disagree.

- First and foremost, they love America.
- Support for our Constitution
- Support for capitalism
- For limited government
- Balanced budgets
- Low taxes
- Strong defense
- Pro-education
- Energy Independence - all kinds
- Personal responsibility/accountability
- States Rights

Will someone tell me what is exteme about any of these areas. My Democratic dad would have agreed with this list.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Here is a list that describes most Tea Party people. See where you disagree.

- First and foremost, they love America.
- Support for our Constitution
- Support for capitalism
- For limited government
- Balanced budgets
- Low taxes
- Strong defense
- Pro-education
- Energy Independence - all kinds
- Personal responsibility/accountability
- States Rights

Will someone tell me what is exteme about any of these areas. My Democratic dad would have agreed with this list.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

As much as no one wants to hear this, this is ALL about race. It isn't sitting on your shoulder anymore, it's hateful roots are being encouraged by a once great old party, but now so low it may never stand up again. I'm a white 65 year old male and I despise this kind of behavior from a party I once called my own. Watching this movement become an almost daily event, is sickening and criminal. After watching our economy crash after 8 years of Bush and company, the majority of our family, once all Republicans, switched parties to save further destruction of a system gone wild with capitalism greed. The middle class was being robbed, stomped out like insects, and we saw the emergence of a wealthy class that tripled and quadrupled it's assets at taxpayer expense. We saw the top 1% of the population that owns 95% of the wealth, to a majority of the country ( the other 99% of population) drowning in a sea of helplessness. Dreams shattered, retirement funds disappearing, and our homes being worth half as much as a year before. Unemployment raging and the common man losing his entire life, while the fat cats took their exceptional tax cuts and we fought two unfounded wars for the sake of the monetary war machine interests. Yes, it is race. No one ever thought Obama could win the election and clean up the Republicans mess. Yes, the first African American doing what previous Presidents couldn't do or wouldn't try to do. Yes, he is half African American and that fact makes some people fearful and angry so they use other ways and words to get even. Enough is enough. Time to grow up America, we are a society of many colors, it is no longer just white and black. Put that quarrel away, it is over.

Posted by: joltinjo | April 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Here is a list that describes most Tea Party people. See where you disagree.

- First and foremost, they love America.
- Support for our Constitution
- Support for capitalism
- For limited government
- Balanced budgets
- Low taxes
- Strong defense
- Pro-education
- Energy Independence - all kinds
- Personal responsibility/accountability
- States Rights

Will someone tell me what is exteme about any of these areas. My Democratic dad would have agreed with this list.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think there's any doubt that what John Lewis said happened and what others saw happen and heard happen, did in fact happen."

Oh? So where's the proof, Steny? Right now all you have is "he said; she said." Lewis' word carries no more weight than any other citizen. Until you can provide empirical evidence, the incident remains only an unsubstantiated allegation and by maintaining otherwise, Hoyer is just as guilty of inciting the public as anyone. The leftists are bound and determined to put their trademark on hypocrisy and demagoguery to the exclusion of decency and honesty. They shall reap their just rewards come November.

Posted by: jpost1 | April 13, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

STENY, STENY STENY....LOOK WITHIN your own party...... Deep within your own party..THEY are the HATE MONGERS..they are the rabble rowsers..they are the ones sending out organizations to squelch the tea party organizations...Your party is the one calling the AMERICANS in the Tea Party Org's all sorts of names...
Watch out Steny, your words are becoming as worthless as your job is...

Posted by: kleigh1213 | April 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

What we need is for the REAL AMERICANS to go to the polls in November and vote these thugs out. If the public thins their ranks even more, maybe, just maybe they will wake up and realize the ridiculousness of their positions. Our form of government is based on finding a compromise. That is the problem. These people want to dictate from a minority position. Sorry, that is not how things work.

Posted by: old_sarge | April 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Republican/Tea Bagger: Death panels!

Truth: They don’t exist.

Republican/Tea Bagger: Socialist, communist, totalitarian government take-over!

Truth: So that’s what you call all other first-world industrialized countries that have better health care. And Obama’s health care reform isn’t even half way to single payer.

Republican/Tea Bagger: Government needs to stay out of healthcare! Government can’t do anything right! But don’t touch our beloved government Medicare!

Truth: We see you’re very confused.

Republican/Tea Bagger: Don’t you dare use reconciliation!

Truth: 16 of the 21 times reconciliation has been used, it’s been used by Republicans. For example, they used it twice to enact Bush’s huge $1.8 trillion debt-inducing tax cuts.

Republican/Tea Bagger: This health care reform will create enormous national debt!

CBO: This bill will save the country $1.34 trillion by its second decade.

Republican/Tea Bagger: Look at the state of the country! It’s all the Dems’ fault.

Truth: Uh, no. 9/11, the Afghan War, the Iraq War, and the economic collapse all happened while Republican President Bush was in office. The Dems just can’t fix everything in one year.

Republican/Tea Bagger: The Dems haven’t fixed anything!

Truth: The Dems have enacted economic stimulus, which expert consensus estimates has saved 2 million jobs and the economy grew at a 5.9% annual rate last quarter while the stock market has rallied 40%. The job loss rate has declined from 700,000 jobs lost per month when Obama took office to 160,000 gained last month. Also, it’s a little disingenuous to complain about fixes when your party filibusters everything in sight (setting a historical record). So you blame Dems for something your party broke, then you complain about things not being fixed when you try to block every fix.

Posted by: zvelf | April 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We can debate and blog all day and night, "did they, didn't they [fill in the blank]?" Mr. Hoyer shouldn't have to ask people in and outside the walls of Congress to be civil; all reasonable people should believe and practice civility. The people who stood on the Capitol balcony waving "kill the bill" signs to the crowd below showed poor taste and poorer professional conduct. Yelling epithets and spitting on anyone is in poor taste and isn't very civilized. This kind of behavior often indicates more about the protester than the individuals or ideas protested against, and though newsmaking, it usually accomplishes nothing positive in the long run. Listen and think more; act out less.

Posted by: sober1 | April 13, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

By Ben Pershing


"During the House debate on health-care reform in March, an African-American lawmaker reported that he was spit on by a protester outside the Capitol, while two others said they were subjected to racial epithets. In the ensuing weeks,"
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Now they know what returning veterans felt like forty years ago!

Posted by: dedreckon | April 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Steny says he wants civility from both parties. Steny, where were you when the anti-Bush, bullet in the head and other horrible signs were being displayed by the left? Where were you when your leader, Pelosi, called the CIA liars? Where were you when Harry "The Body" Reid called President Bush a "loser" when addressing some school kids? Where were you when Dick Durbin compared our military to the Nazi's"? Where were you when John Kerry said some outlandish things about our soldiers in Iraq? Politicians in general are a bunch of thieving, lying hypocrites...and they think we are stupid...some are!

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If there was any mischiefmaking then more than likely it would have come from Obama's and Pelosi's SEIU/ACORN people being planted among the Tea Party participants. Both of these Progressive Democrat Organizations have bloody pasts.

Posted by: prossers7 | April 13, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If there was any mischiefmaking then more then likely it would have come from Obama's and Pelosi's SEIU/ACORN people being planted among the Tea Party participants. Both of these Progressive Democrat Organizations have bloody pasts.

Posted by: prossers7 | April 13, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

jb77, what racist signs? Were you there to hear the so-called racial slurs? I attended a Tea Party last April 15th and these Americans were the salt of the earth. BTW, where were you when the left had signs showing a bullet hole in Bush's head or the Nazi signs? Nothing you have seen from even one lunatic compares with those signs. You are one sick person if you think otherwise.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The WP ombudsman recently asked its paper to actually investigate these allegations, as their reporting of the situation did not meet the standards of the WP. The WP did what every other MSM did, the ombudsman said, "it appeared that one story referenced another story without any factual information that it had happened. Hats off to the WP for seeing this error, as this is what happened during Katrina. An individual was asked, "did you see this happening"? No,the individual states " I am just reporting that this happened".


Posted by: donnal1 | April 13, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Steny Hoyer is much worse than what he calls the Tea Party participants, he's a liar and a muckrucker. Shame on him and his fellow congressmen, there is no proof anywhere and this man insists on race baiting the public.

Posted by: prossers7 | April 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

To Hoyer and others who are flinging accusations that Tea Partiers are racists, I ask: “In the upside down world of the Obama Nation, people who spend a lifetime following the Reverend Wright (the well documented racists) aren’t racists. But people who show up at a rally to oppose single-payer healthcare are?”

Your argument falls flat when you look at facts.

Also, did it ever occur to you that there is an anti-teaparty organization who claims their sole purpose is to disrupt, denigrate and try to corrupt the real tea party movement? They are bragging about infiltrating the tea party rallies and start spewing racial comments to make it appear as if the tea partiers are the racists. It's called propoganda warfare.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 13, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I have seen the supposed "spitting" video dozens of times. There was a security guard right next to Cleaver. Are we stupid enough to believe that if he was spat on that something would have been done right then? Hoyer has the gall to mention Tea Party people later in the article. Does anyone really want to compare Michelle Bachman, a lady of grace, with Pelosi, Boxer, Watters, etc.? Quit demonizing the Tea Party people. They simply want the FEDs to quit spending us into oblivion.

Posted by: Jackets | April 13, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers carry racist signs, shout racist chants, and express racists views, but somehow I am supposed to believe they are not racists. Rediculous.

Posted by: jb777 | April 13, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny how every act of violenct that has occurred has occurred from the liberals, yet not a peep from the dems. Not saying at all that I promote it from the other side, I surely don't; it's wrong no matter who does it. One must ask that "IF" (and that's a BIG IF) such an incident did indeed in fact take place at a tea party event, if it indeed came from a tea party member, or an infiltrator? (www.crashtheteaparty.org) - talk about being beneath pond scum.
The tea party has not created a negative atmosphere. I would call it exactly what it is, they've created an awareness atmosphere, something WE THE PEOPLE should have done a long time ago.

Posted by: shmedley1 | April 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The only people that I can see complaining about the tea party members are those who are opposed to them. The dems started this by trying to compromise their impact because the tea party members are against the secular progressive agenda of the Pelosi/Reid congress and the Obama administration. In this environment of layoffs and lost jobs, coupled with an administation/congress who addresses their ideological issues and ignores the economy, it is not wise to stir up the people - especially by calling everyday citizens, who are exercising their rights, names. With the help of the MSM, this administration is not helpful by ignoring and not addressing the grievances of the population. The administration can call in all kinds of Keynesian economists to cover for their out of control spending but the people can see what is happening and know that this spending cannot continue.

Posted by: awunsch | April 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question or two no one here seems to be asking.

When there are alternate methods of getting to and from the Capitol, why did these House Democrats choose to walk through what they knew would be a crowd full of opponents? Could it be they were trying to bait this "unruly mob" into an incident?

With all the thousands of hand-held video devices as simple as a cel phone, you would think someone would have come up with documentable proof of the allegations and it would be splashed across the pages of media like the Post. Arrests would have been made.

Yet none of this happened. Now the left is preparing to bait more incidents by crashing TEA Parties. If these Americans were the racist bigots as the left charges why would someone need to infiltrate them in order to discredit the movement?

Posted by: Michael_Swartz | April 13, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Steny for having some guts and standing up to this evil going on from people who use violence to intimidate and threaten elected officials they don't like so they resign. Make sure that anyone facing intimidation like Stupak did will prevail and not give in to morons who defy what it means to live in a Democracy.

Posted by: rightbrainleftwing | April 13, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It still amazes me how Steny Hoyer can make such blatantly false statements and still expect anyone to believe anything he says. But they do. Or maybe they just don't care that they continue to elect liars to Congress. Sen. Hoyer acts as if we who were there don't know that the alledged misdeeds never occurred. Or that Bart Stupak was about to be run out of town by his constituents. Mr. Hoyer please choose you prevarications more carefully. I was once told that people lie to others that they think are inferior in intellect. Mr. Hoyer you and your leadership think they are smarter than everyone I guess that's why you lie with so little fear of exposure.

Posted by: NeilT1 | April 13, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It remains to be seen if the tea party can prove to me and the rest of the world outside the US, that they are not racist, but I'll be patient.

What I find interesting is the fact that many of these people are against all kinds of spending from the Government. If Ron Paul is your hero tea partiers, why don't you try to act more like him? He isn't racist and he listens to those who disagree with him. It sounds like Michelle Bachman has hijacked the movement which obviously means, the promotion of libertarian values, will be taken over by social conservativism, big military, bombing Iraq, outlawing abortion and repealing health reform because it provides abortions on Demand and has death panels that want to kill grandma. I see where the movement is heading.

Posted by: rightbrainleftwing | April 13, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

For heaven's sake, it was obvious that black lawmakers were spat upon -- and I take John Lewis's word. He's paid the price to give it.

If Tea Partiers are serious about reducing government, and most appear regular folks, then they must first cull the scary types who appear to show up, virtually everytime there is a tea party event. That includes Michelle Bachman.

On the other hand, I read a book review
in last week's New Yorker. Several negative books about "whiteness," including one which recommended "abolishing whiteness." The height of hate speech, and bigotry. I've not seen a single response to it. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. To maintain credibility let alone polity, the media establishment, such as it is, should call out these authors, as well.

The only hope for this great country is getting back to individual rights. Not factions.

Posted by: SueR1 | April 13, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

For heaven's sake, it was obvious that black lawmakers were spat upon -- and I take John Lewis's word. He's paid the price to give it.

If Tea Partiers are serious about reducing government, and most appear regular folks, then they must first cull the scary types who appear to show up, virtually everytime there is a tea party event. That includes Michelle Bachman.

On the other hand, I read a book review
in last week's New Yorker. Several negative books about "whiteness," including one which recommended "abolishing whiteness." The height of hate speech, and bigotry. I've not seen a single response to it. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. To maintain credibility let alone polity, the media establishment, such as it is, should call out these authors, as well.

The only hope for this great country is getting back to individual rights. Not factions.

Posted by: SueR1 | April 13, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Hoyer is standing up to this injustice. It is just disgusting and outrageous that we see right wing bullies picking on a man with Parkinson's and teasing him at a anti-healthcare conference, spitting on a elected African American represenative from Missouri and all the racist overtones the tea partiers have denied portraying Obama as an African tribesman. They should at least be man enough to acknowledge they are racist. It is bad enough to feel the way they do, but denying it makes it even worse.

Glenn Beck, is another story. What he said recently about Obama picking a black, lesbian handicapped woman, was something that should be outlawed on tv. I would like to see more boycotts of Fox, and businesses to refuse them as sponsors at least until they can discover how to promote conservative opinions without using rhetoric like that.

Posted by: rightbrainleftwing | April 13, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The tea party movement consists of people from all walks of life uniting in opposition to the Obamanation.
There is nothing racist going on here and anyone with a brain knows it. I don't think people care if the president's skin colour is blue or orange.
You are an idiot if you try to use the race card against those who disagree with you. All you are doing is dividing the country and inciting anger by picking at old wounds that are healing.

Posted by: 2Canadians | April 13, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ajguru, it gives me such reassurance that you can't even get Steny Hoyer's title right. He's NOT as U.S. Senator. But back to the topic at hand. To the Tea Party activists, I encourage you to continue to deny every wrongdoing even after being caught. And since you're also anti-government, I encourage you not to use the roads, bridges, trails, parks, police, fire departments, and all the wonderful things my taxes pay for.

Posted by: cags777 | April 13, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

bstone 1931 wrote:
It appears that Mr. Hoyer is in denial, first that the tea party did not influence Mr. Stupac's resignation as well as his potential bad showing in the polls, and that Mr. Lewis and others would not say they were maligned by the tea party people to gain attention to themselves and cast a bad light on the tea party in general. It appears from his track record that Mr. Hoyer may be in trouble also with the voters of Maryland also. If I were he, I would not be making any disparaging remarks about anyone.

stone 1931 wrote:
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Cut the B.S., I guess you are going to say that the gun toting people at the Sarah Palin rallies during the presidential, that shouted kill the n*gg*r, that were reported by multiple sources did not happen either. These people turned the town hall meetings on Health Care, to near riots and shouted down any civility. The truth of the matter is that elite White People have riled up the illterate and undereducated white people for centuries. They did it during the Civl War. They did it during the Jim Crow era that led to the formation of the KKK. Jimmy Carter, who is from Plains, Georgia, recognized it early last summer. They are calling Preident Obama an alien and showing up with pictures of President Obama with a bone through his nose, and painted in white face. To all of you that say that it is small minority of the protesters, I will give you this story: During a game against Bostocn College signs were put up that said Georgetown Center Patrick Ewing was an ape,Georgetown Coach John Thompson pulled his team off of the court and refused to continue play until this sign was taken down from the arena. Any tea party person that is a participant or speaker should refuse to continue to participate or speak until those racially charge signs are removed. The truth of the matter is that these Tea Party folks are the vestiges of rural and southern white men that make up the Republican Party, recognizing that the demographics and attitudes of young american voters is changing and they are making their last stand at clinging to power by inciting these people through mostly misinformation. Where was the tea party when Dick Cheney responded to requests by a Democratic congress to use the surplus to pay down the long term debt and he and Bush instead cut taxes mostly on the wealthy and started a new war agianst an enemy that they created, they also passed prescription drug plan that was not funded, and the tax cut and prescription drug plan was passed by a 51-50 Senate Vote through reconiciliation with Cheney casting the deciding vote. Cheney stated, quoting Ronald Reagan, said "deficits don't matter". Historical perspective is important in this case, because it shows the hypocracy of the Tea Party folks.

Posted by: impartial1 | April 13, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Senator Hoyer thank you for your hypocrisy! If you want civility then stop fueling it yourself by playing the race card.

Posted by: ajguru | April 13, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

To Hoyer and others who are flinging accusations that Tea Partiers are racists, I ask: “In the upside down world of the Obama Nation, people who spend a lifetime following the Reverend Wright (the well documented racists) aren’t racists. But people who show up at a rally to oppose single-payer healthcare are?”

Your argument falls flat when you look at facts.

Also, did it ever occur to you that there is an anti-teaparty organization who claims their sole purpose is to disrupt, denigrate and try to corrupt the real tea party movement? They are bragging about infiltrating the tea party rallies and start spewing racial comments to make it appear as if the tea partiers are the racists. It's called propoganda warfare.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 13, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

To Hoyer and others who are flinging accusations that Tea Partiers are racists, I ask: “In the upside down world of the Obama Nation, people who spend a lifetime following the Reverend Wright (the well documented racists) aren’t racists. But people who show up at a rally to oppose single-payer healthcare are?”

Your argument falls flat when you look at facts.

Also, did it ever occur to you that there is an anti-teaparty organization who claims their sole purpose is to disrupt, denigrate and try to corrupt the real tea party movement? They are bragging about infiltrating the tea party rallies and start spewing racial comments to make it appear as if the tea partiers on the racists. It's called propoganda warfare.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the right wing, The GOP and Fox news have their 'marching orders'.
Downplay any and all racial slurs and comments by hateful participants.
Make it seem like the Democrats and the 'liberals' are making something out of nothing. I've been hearing it for some time now...just last night on Fox news,, Bernie Goldberg making claims that the liberals are using accusations of racism to cause trouble and stir up the base.
O'Reilly and Goldberg claim there is no racism on display here and that it is all made up.
I've been hearing it again and again..
Good for Sen. Hoyer in shining light on the Republican lies.
The Democrat party should be more aggressive in pointing out the lies that are being spread to this country in a concerted effort by republicans to regain power.
Just today, I heard that little squirrel Dick Morris make the claim that President Obama is possibly the first "anti-american President" that we've had...say what??

Posted by: richmonet | April 13, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there Steny, the Tea Partiers and the repuglicans that cheer them on reveal themselves as anti-American Brown Shirts.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 13, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there Steny, the Tea Partiers and the repuglicans that cheer them on reveal themselves as anti-American Brown Shirts.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | April 13, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Mr. Hoyer is in denial, first that the tea party did not influence Mr. Stupac's resignation as well as his potential bad showing in the polls, and that Mr. Lewis and others would not say they were maligned by the tea party people to gain attention to themselves and cast a bad light on the tea party in general. It appears from his track record that Mr. Hoyer may be in trouble also with the voters of Maryland also. If I were he, I would not be making any disparaging remarks about anyone.

Posted by: bstone1931 | April 13, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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