Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), who is a top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus, isn’t backing down from his assertion that tea partiers consider African Americans “second-class citizens.”

“Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree,” Carson reportedly said.

Carson spokesman Jason Tomcsi confirmed to The Washington Post that the congressman had made the comments at at Aug. 22 Miami town hall event hosted by MSNBC’s Tamron Hall.

“The tea party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities,” Tomcsi said.

“So, yes, the congressman used strong language because the Tea Party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.”

Both Carson and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) claimed that tea party activists used the N-word towards them during a protest against health care reform in March 2010.

Listen to this audio from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, uploaded Aug. 30, 2011.