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article imageSean Penn: Tea Party wants to 'lynch' n-word in the White House

By Michael Krebs     Oct 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Appearing on CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' actor and film director Sean Penn insisted the Tea Party movement is the 'Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party.'
Actor and political activist Sean Penn, who won two Academy Awards for his depictions in "Mystic River" and in "Milk," appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" and spoke out against the Tea Party movement.
According to Penn, the Tea Party holds at its core a racist agenda and desires only to "lynch" President Obama.
"You have what I call the 'Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party,' the Tea Party, this kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction," Penn said.
The Republican Party remains divided over support for the Tea Party movement, as a CNN poll reported in September.
"Demographically, the tea party movement seems to hearken back to the 'angry white men' who were credited with the GOP's upset victory in the 1994 midterm elections," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said of the poll's results. "Ideologically, it effectively boils down to the century-old contest between the conservative and moderate wings of the party."
However, the Tea Party movement is widely credited with powering the rise of African-American Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. According to a new NBC - Wall Street Journal poll, Cain enjoys a 69 percent "favorable" rating among Tea Party supporters, as Christian Science Monitor reported on Thursday.
Cain's candidacy could present a troubling paradox for those who believe the Tea Party to be a racist organization. But this paradox did not present itself in the CNN interview with Sean Penn.
"I don't think there's any doubt about it," Penn explained. "If you ask a representative of the Tea Party: OK, Social Security socialist; get rid of it? They're going to get very confused. At the end of the day there's a big bubble coming out of their head saying, you know, can we just lynch him?"
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