Allen West, the self-proclaimed Harriet Tubman of the CBC, is threatening to vacate his post at the caucus as a result of Rep. Andre Carson stating that “some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.”
The CBC’s sole Republican, and tea party favorite has taken offense to this comment, ultimately airing his complaint to his sympathizers at “Fox & Friends”:
“I think that we heard the president talk about some of this over-the-top rhetoric and we should move away from that. When you start using words such as lynching, I was born and raised in Georgia and my folks were from southern Georgia, born in the ’20s and ’30s, that’s a very reprehensible word and we should move away from using that type of language. 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 towards the right manner in which we’re going to solve the problems not just in the black community but all across the United States of America.”
West went further to express his disappointment with his counterparts at the CBC, while touting the principles of the Tea Party ethos:
“To try to all of a sudden have a scapegoat called the Tea Party, which is what you saw after the S&P downgrade, that became the liberal media talking point, that’s just a distraction. The tea party really stands for some basic core constitutional principles and that means efficient constitutionally mandated government, fiscally responsible government, national security and our free market and free enterprise and I can’t see why anyone would not want to agree with that and align themselves with those principles.”
It is these views that made the idea of Allen West, or any Republican for that matter, a point of controversy for those within the CBC who felt that perspectives from the conservative ‘right’ opposed the caucus’ fundamental agenda (fight for the poor, save the middle-class, equal rights, and so forth). It may be no wonder that Tim Scott, the only other Black Republican in Congress, declined his invitation the committee.