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Allen West defends tea party, may quit Congressional Black Caucus



UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: West has sent a letter to the CBC condemning Carson's speech. Read it here.

Rep. Allen West in an interview today on Fox & Friends responded to the suggestion from an African-American member of Congress that some of his tea party aligned colleagues would like to see blacks "hanging from a tree.” The remarks by Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, were made during a Congressional Black Caucus event earlier this month in Miami.

West, who is a member of the CBC, said he may quit the group and defended the tea party.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:32pm]


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