Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said he thinks it's time for the tea party -- and those "willing to cater to it" -- to get out of Washington.
During an interview Thursday with MSNBC's Al Sharpton, Grayson said Americans are "appalled by the tea party's tactics." The congressman said the right wing "has become the largest suicide pact in history," and predicted voters will push tea partiers out of Congress in the next election.
"They want their money back and they want the tea party out of their lives," Grayson said. "At this point, the tea party is no more popular than the Klan."
Grayson, known for making acidic comments about Republicans, said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "dragged this country" through the fiscal impasse "unnecessarily."
"The fact is that John Boehner has become a short-order cook for the far right wing," Grayson said. "'Would you like some french fries or cheese with that?' That's what he does. He takes whatever they want and he lays it out there as if it's the right thing to do."
"He has to go," Grayson said of the speaker. "Everyone who's willing to cater to the tea party has to go, so Americans finally get the government they deserve."