Allen West: 80 House Democrats Communists
In case you needed more evidence that Allen West is a batshit crazy, he's spreading rumors that 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.
In case you needed more evidence that Allen West is a batshit crazy, he’s spreading rumors that 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.
Politico (“Allen West: 80 commies in the House“):
Rep. Allen West channeled Joe McCarthy in saying that he’s “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are Communist Party member a town hall event in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports.
The Florida Republican, and tea party favorite, was speaking at the Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday but didn’t go as far as to say names he’d heard or from whom.
Palm Beach Post (“Allen West hears cheers, jeers at town-hall meetings in Palm City, Jensen Beach“):
U.S. Rep. Allen West told about 90 largely supportive Palm City voters Tuesday that locally prioritized federal projects — such as the St. Lucie Inlet dredging — aren’t going to matter if Washington officials don’t address a mounting deficit.
Later Tuesday evening, a Jensen Beach crowd of 100 with more than 15 protesters greeted the congressman with mixed support, cheers and jeers.
The conservative tea party icon also got in shots at Democrats and President Obama, who spoke Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. West said Obama was “scared” to have a discussion with him. He later said “he’s heard” up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, but wouldn’t name names.
His Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, summed it up pretty well:
“The bottom line is, Allen West is trying to make it in the press with comments that don’t even make sense,” Murphy said. “He’s trying to make headlines, get a rise out of people and not get anything done.”
West has made a pretty good career out of being thrown out of the Army as a borderline war criminal. Alas, he’s showing the same degree of good judgment as a Congressman as he did as an Army officer.