Published: Aug 31, 2011 5:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Florida Republican Allen West says he is considering quitting the Congressional Black Caucus over remarks by Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, who says the tea party wants to see blacks "hanging on a tree."
    
West tells "Fox & Friends" he found the Democrat's comments "reprehensible."
    
Carson told a Miami group last week that tea party supporters in Congress are trying to block the economic advancement of blacks and other minorities and want blacks treated as "second-class citizens."
    
His comments were first posted online Tuesday by the Glenn Beck-founded website The Blaze.
    
Carson spokesman Jason Tomsci did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment. He told USA Today that Carson stands by his comments.

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