Dem leaders called to condemn Grayson email comparing KKK to Tea Party

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Speaking on Fox News's "The Kelly File" on Tuesday, West questioned the silence of Democratic leaders on the email, which also featured a photo depicting a burning cross making the first 'T' in the words "Tea Party."

“The president came out and started talking about civility in our dialogue. Where is President Obama?” West said. “I think that the president should be speaking out about this. He should reprimand and censor Alan Grayson for what he said.”

He also questioned why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hadn't condemned the email.

And the NRCC on Wednesday called on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to donate the $43,000 the congressman had contributed to the committee over the past 2 years to charity.

“Alan Grayson already has the reputation for being one of the most offensive people in Congress and his latest actions only reinforce that reputation,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “The DCCC must immediately donate Alan Grayson’s campaign contributions to charity and distance themselves from his extremely disgusting comments.”

Grayson, however, stood by the email when it came under public scrutiny on Tuesday. He said in a statement that "there is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation. If the shoe fits, wear it.”