One GOP Representative has had enough of the incendiary rhetoric being spewed by some members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The Hill reports that Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) issued a statement over the social networking site Twitter.
“I’m a TEA Party caucus member and have spoken at two tea party rallies. I am also NOT a racist. Maxine & Andre – get a grip,” he wrote.
In recent days, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus have issued outlandish statements.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said the Tea Party “can go straight to Hell,” while Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) called the Tea Party “the real enemy.”
Andre Carson (D-IN) falsely claimed Tea Party Republicans wanted to see blacks lynched.
“[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,” he said at a Miami forum moderated by MSNBC’s Tamron Hall.
Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the only Republican member of the Caucus, is reconsidering his association over the heated rhetoric.
“When individuals believe they are defeated in a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which in my opinion is in itself racist,” he said.
Carson spokesman Jason Tomcsi said the Congressman is standing behind the comments, according to USA Today:
His “comments respond to the frustration voiced by those in Miami,” Tomcsi said. “People are frustrated by the inability of Congress to do something about the economy and get people back to work.”
Tomcsi said Carson believes “Tea Party members in Congress know when they vote against programs, they know who they’re impacting. They have different priorities — their priorities are to protect millionaires, oil companies and tax cuts for the wealthy. Those people aren’t impacted by programs like child nutrition, Head Start, job training and job creation.”
USA Today also reported that Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, called on Carson to resign or be removed from his leadership post by the black caucus leadership:
“He is clearly not fit to serve,” they said in a statement. If the caucus refuses to remove him, leaders “are sending a clear statement…that it is acceptable for ‘leaders in Congress to wantonly accuse their fellow members and the American public of desiring murder.”
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