Former NAACP Chief Says IRS Should Target ‘Taliban’ Tea Party Groups

Julian Bond accuses the Tea Party of being openly racist

Julian Bond, Former NAACP Chair: Tea Party Is 'Taliban Wing Of American Politics' (Huffington Post)

Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said Tuesday that it was "entirely legitimate" for the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups for increased scrutiny, calling the tea party the "Taliban wing of American politics."

"I think it's entirely legitimate to look at the tea party," Bond said during an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. "Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who've tried as best as they can to harm President Obama in every way."

In 2004, the civil rights group was audited by the IRS in a move Bond criticized at the time as "an attempt to silence the NAACP."

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