Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein echoed the views of IDC Sen. Marisol Alcantara on Monday, saying the criticism of the conference’s newest members is racist.

Klein was defending to reporters the three newest members of the IDC: Sens. Jesse Hamilton and Jose Peralta and the newly elected Alcantara.

Mainline conference Democrats have been critical of Peralta’s switch to the IDC last month and stories have appeared suggesting the Queens Democrat was in need of the financial perks that come with joining the conference.

Klein, speaking with reporters, said “I don’t think there’s any coincidence that when members of color join the IDC” they are attacked.

“All of a sudden now they’re being attacked, that somehow their decision was financially motivated because of child support payments or anything else,” Klein said. “That’s obnoxious, and yes, that is racist.”

The claim is in line with what Alcantara has accused critics of the IDC when knocking Peralta’s decision to join the conference.

“I think it’s like a racist statement that they are questioning the three people of color and they always bring up money,” she told The Daily News.

But Klein’s comments are yet another escalation in the ongoing feud between the IDC and the mainline conference, which re-ignited this year as Republicans retain control of the state Senate.

Though Democrats sought to broker a truce last year, Klein declined to form an alliance with the mainline conference.

Senate Republicans retain control with a governing majority of 32 members given their alignment with Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder who sits with the GOP conference, but is not an IDC member.

Democrats have knocked the IDC, insisting the party should unite given the new administration of Donald Trump in Washington.

“This is an outrageous and dangerous statement. The reality is we have a group of rogue Democrats who are empowering Trump Republicans, and blocking me from becoming the first woman and first African American woman Senate President or co-President,” said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “It is sad that they are now insulting and calling the protesters who are demanding Democratic control of the Senate racist. We need to work together to stand up for the people of New York and not throw around dangerous and offensive accusations. “