(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is maintaining his tough rhetoric against the Tea Party movement, saying that House Majority Leader John Boehner fears the grassroots organization.
"The answer is yes," said Reid when asked if he thought leading Republicans were "afraid of the movement." "The Tea Party is dictating a lot that goes on in the Republican leadership in the House."
Reid made his comments Sunday on "CBS's Face the Nation."
The Nevada Democrat also suggested the group is widely disliked beyond conservative circles and added, "the Republican leadership in the House has to make a decision: whether they are going to do the right thing for the country or do the right thing for the Tea Party."
Reid then took a swipe at the group's sparsely attended rally Washington, DC, late last month.
"They didn't have thousands of people there, they didn't have hundreds of people. They had tens of people," he said. "The Tea Party is not looked at very strongly across the country – the only attention they get is in the House of Representatives."
It's not the first time in recent weeks Reid has taken direct aim at the grassroots movement that was responsible for unseating a string incumbent Republicans and replacing them with members sympathetic to their anti-government spending movement.
Late last month he told reporters that the "country doesn't care much about the Tea Party," and that the Republican Party should not shackle itself to the conservative movement's demands regarding cuts to the federal budget.
"The Tea Party's unpopularity continues to grow," Reid said then. "Because the American people sees how unreasonable they are. So let me reiterate my hope that the Republican leadership recognizes they can't continue to be pulled to the right by the radical, unrealistic, unreasonable…faction: the Tea Party."
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicated 32 percent of the public has a favorable view of the Tea Party movement – down five points since December – while 47 percent have an unfavorable view, up four points from December.