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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