Rand Paul On President Obama: The Tea Party "Isn't Against Him Personally"

November 22, 2010 1:38 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

In an interview with Mike Huckabee last night on Fox News, Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-KY) suggested that Tea Party-backed lawmakers are willing to work with President Obama, adding that the movement "isn't against him personally." Watch:

While Tea Party leaders insist that they are only concerned with fiscal responsibility and their version of "constitutional government," they have also had to fend off accusations of racism stemming largely from feverish anti-Obama sentiment within the movement. Here are just a few examples of Tea Partiers showing they are against the president "personally":

Tea Party Express national coordinator Amy Kremer defended an image portraying President Obama as an African witch doctor.  

Former Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams called President Obama "an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief."

The North Iowa Tea Party put up a billboard comparing President Obama to Hitler.  

The Tea Party's strongest voice in Washington, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), has repeatedly accused President Obama of being "anti-American."

There's still some debate, both in the media and within the Tea Party itself, over what the movement really stands for. But if there's one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that the Tea Party unequivocally opposes President Obama — and it is personal.