Republicans on Wednesday sought to turn a union leader’s Labor Day call for war against the GOP into an opportunity to raise money after the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent a fundraising letter saying the remarks were out-of-bounds, and President Obama must condemn them.
Rob Jesmer, the NRSC’s executive director, tied Teamsters Union President James Hoffa’s battle call to “take these sons of bitches out” — aimed at the GOP — directly to Mr. Obama, who headlined the Labor Day event.
Mr. Jesmer said there should be “a war on unemployment, not each other.”
The White House on Tuesday said Mr. Obama wasn’t on the stage and had no connection to the remarks, but press secretary Jay Carney refused to condemn the attack, saying it was “Kabuki theater” to make such a demand.
Mr. Jesmer juxtaposed that with Mr. Obama’s call after the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., when he said: “Pause for a moment … make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
“By calling for violence against President Obama’s political opponents, Mr. Hoffa’s remarks crossed a line. By failing to condemn them, President Obama once again demonstrated a failure of leadership. And President Obama knows this,” Mr. Jesmer wrote.