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Some have called Teamsters President James Hoffa’s Monday remarks ill-advised, but he isn’t backing away and, instead, is claiming to have gotten a positive response from his members.

The controversy erupted when Hoffa told a cheering crowd at a Labor Day celebration attended by President Obama, “We are at war! .?.?.?President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march?.?.?. Let’s take these sons of bitches out, and give America back to an America where we belong.”