Carson's comments, first exposed by The Blaze, betrayed the congressman's belief that Tea Partiers on Capitol Hill want to see African Americans "hanging on a tree." Carson's comments invoked the comparison of racist Jim Crow laws to current Tea Party actions:
“[Tea Partiers would] love to see us as second-class citizens…some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree.”
And now, for the first time, Rep. Carson is personally defending his remarks. A spokesman had earlier reaffirmed the Congressman's comments.
Carson tells CNN, "I stand on the truth of what I spoke."
As you watch the clip, note that the focus of the CNN story is not the outrageous comments by Rep. Carson. The story headline asked the question, "Growing division within the Tea Party?"