An elderly Tea Party leader has been forced to step down after telling a racist joke during a rally.
Inge Marler surprised party members with a quip about black welfare recipients that she said she found online.
She was apparently using the inappropriate joke as an ice-breaker prior to her speech on June 9 and had given no warning that she would be telling it.
‘She had given me her whole speech, and it was about her growing up in Yugoslavia and coming to America.
‘I am on stage and then she said something not like what she gave me. I was shocked. I looked at the guy next to me and he said “oh my gosh”.’
In the joke, Marler describes a black child asking his mother what a democracy is.
‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us poor folks can get all our benefits,’ the mother responds.
‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’ the boy asks, to which she replies: ‘They sure do, son. They sure do. And that’s called racism.’
Marler agreed to give up her committee seat in the wake of the badly received joke after being confronted by Caster.
The 21-year-old, who is the youngest elected official in Arkansas, described her as a ‘grey-haired elderly lady’.
He said that he hadn’t wanted to ‘yank her offstage’ so waited until after her speech was over.
‘In her heart, she is a good lady but she said something stupid,’ Caster added. ‘If I said that, I would leave the movement. We are good people.’
In the past the party has created a stir with controversial signs and billboards.
Slogans have included ‘Obama loves baby killing’ and ‘Obama’s Plan: White slavery’.
But Caster said he wishes the media would focus on more serious issues than Tea Party shockers.
‘It dawned on me that this little old lady got on stage and said a two-bit, retarded joke that she should not have said and it was all over,’ he told the news site.
‘It's funny how a little old lady can cause a huge stir.’