Rep. Allen West: I’ve ‘Heard’ Up To 80 House Democrats Are Communist Party Members
The Palm Beach Post reported on the event, adding that West “wouldn’t name names” to back up his assertion. Currently, there are 190 Democrats in the House.
West also took a shot at President Obama. “I really wish that, standing here before you, was Allen West and President Obama,” West said. “We could have a simple discussion. But that ain’t ever gonna happen.”
An audience member asked, “Why not?”
“‘Cause he was too scared!” West responded, in what the Post called a “mocking” voice.
Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy reacted by saying that “[t]he bottom line is Allen West is trying to make it in the press with comments that don’t even make sense. He’s trying to make headlines, get a rise out of people and not get anything done.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram tweeted a response from a West spokesperson, saying West was referring to the Progressive Caucus:
Rep Allen West spox says West was referring to the Progressive Caucus when he suggested there are Communist party members in the House.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 11, 2012
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