Union Leader Declares War on Tea Party: ‘Let's Take These (SOBs) Out’

By Susan Jones | September 6, 2011 | 9:04 AM EDT

<b>President Barack Obama addresses the Labor Day celebration in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)</b>

(CNSNews.com) – Following his declaration of "war" on conservative Republicans, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa went on CNN, where he explained his objections to the tea party.

On Monday, at a Labor Day rally in Michigan, Hoffa assured President Obama that union workers are his “army” in the “war” against the tea party: “We are ready to march,” Hoffa said.

"Everybody here’s got a vote. If we go back and we keep an eye on the prize -- let's take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."

President Obama was not on the stage when Hoffa spoke, but he did address the crowd later.

After his inflammatory comments, Hoffa gave a six-minute interview to CNN, where he vented more frustration with the tea party.

Hoffa said he thinks President Obama “learned a lesson” in his debt negotiations with congressional Republicans: “You can’t be reasonable with people that are unreasonable. And I think he learned a lesson that now he's going to have to take them on, because there is no middle ground,” Hoffa told CNN’s John King.

King, by the way, did not mention Hoffa’s call to “take out” the tea party.

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Hoffa said union workers now realize that “this group” – the tea party – “is coming after them. You know, when they start talking about, you know, getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, rolling back collective bargaining in major states, I think this has -- you know, this has been the wake-up call that maybe labor needs.”

President Obama, in his speech, portrayed himself as a champion of “working folks.” “Everything we’ve done, it’s been thinking about you,” he said. The White House has not yet commented on Hoffa's remarks.