Rep. Allen West, the no-nonsense GOP congressman from Florida, said he’s considering dropping out of the Congressional Black Caucus after hearing audio of vitriolic, anti-Tea Party language exposed in a Blaze video Tuesday.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, West said that he thinks the caucus is not in tune to the true problems of the black community and is also concerned about the rhetoric its members are engaging in.
“I think that what you see is a desire to not recognize some of the serious problems that are in the black community,” West said. He later continued, “And to try to all the sudden have a scapegoat called the Tea Party is what you saw after the S&P downgrade … that’s just a distraction.”
He went on to praise the Tea Party for standing for “basic” constitutional principles.
But what had West admitting he’s “reconsidering” his membership in the Congressional Black Caucus? It was comments from Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) that were first brought to national attention by The Blaze. On Wednesday, we published a video of Carson making some incredible statements about the Tea Party and lynching, including “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree:”
“When you start using words such as lynching…that’s a very reprehensible word and I think we should move away from using that type of language,” West said.
“And I have to tell you, one of the things I‘m starting to think about is reconsidering my membership in the Congressional Black Caucus because I don’t think that they‘re moving toward the right manner in which we’re going to solve the problems, not only in the black community, but all across the United States of America.”
You can watch West’s reaction below:
You can watch the original Blaze video with Carson’s comments here.