A Republican member of the House Tea Party Caucus on Wednesday countered recent inflammatory remarks by members of the Congressional Black Caucus against the Tea Party.
"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," Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) tweeted.
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) both directed harsh remarks at the Tea Party movement last week.
Carson accused the Tea Party members in Congress of wanting to see blacks "hanging from a tree."
Waters said at an event in California, "The Tea Party can go straight to hell."
Democratic members of the CBC ramped up the anti-Tea Party rhetoric in late August, with members such as Waters and Carson speaking at events in their home districts.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), another Black Caucus member, identified the Tea Party as "the real enemy."
In response, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), the only Republican member of the group and also a member of the Tea Party caucus, said he is "reconsidering" his membership in the Black Caucus.