“Let us all remember who the real enemy is. The real enemy is the Tea Party,” Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said at a Miami town hall, according to The Hill. “The Tea Party holds the Congress hostage. They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president.”
“This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the Tea Party can go straight to he**,” Waters, D-Calif., said at a town-hall-style meeting in California.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, also participating in the town hall, compared the modern tea party movement to opposition to the civil-rights movement. “The Tea Party is a new name on an old game,” he said. “Dr. King fought a ‘tea party’ in Alabama.”
Rep. E. Rash Annel (D-NY) said the Tea Party proved it was a terrorist organization when it held Democratic negotiators hostage over its refusal to raise taxes.
"You can't negotiate with terrorists," he said. "The Tea Party refused to compromise over tax increases, even though we offered to increase spending and raise the debt limit. They were holding the whole country hostage.