The hateful rhetoric of Democratic Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, as first reported by The Blaze Tuesday, is gaining increasing national traction.
Republican Congressman Allen West, who Wednesday morning indicated he was considering quitting the Congressional Black Caucus over the remarks, is now formally calling on the caucus to condemn the remarks.
The Blaze exclusive report on Tuesday morning revealed Carson's comments: "Some of them in Congress right now...of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me hanging on a tree."
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, Rep. West, who is also a member of the Tea Party Caucus, said he might drop out of the CBC. He cited Rep. Carson's remarks about "lynching," and also the statement by Rep. Maxine Waters that "Tea Party can go straight to hell."
Rep. West has now sent a formal letter to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver asking the body to condemn the hateful remarks directed to the Tea Party or he may resign his membership in the caucus.
“As Chairman of the CBC, I believe it is incumbent on you to both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks. Otherwise, I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization,” West wrote.
“Congressman Carson’s desire to generally criticize a large grass-roots group as racist is baseless and desperate. When individuals believe they are defeated in a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which in my opinion is in itself racist.”
Roll Call is reporting, however, that Rep. West's call for political justice will go unnoticed.
"House Democratic leaders have no plans to reprimand Congressional Black Caucus members who used anti-tea-party rhetoric at town halls and job fairs over the August recess.
'The CBC events across the country have helped shape the jobs debate in Washington,' a senior Democratic aide said. 'They have gathered unprecedented local and national coverage and have shown that House Democrats are listening to the No. 1 concern of the American people: job creation.'”
Since when does portraying your political opponents as a lynch mob create jobs?