Five Lies Allen West Told on Mark Levin's Radio Show Friday Night

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"Thiiiiiis many."
Allen West has been getting a lot of bad press lately -- news outlets across the country, including this one, latched onto his declaration that "there are 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party."

He's since moved past that assertion and onto the (slightly) more reasonable discussion of the socialist, communist, and Marxist beliefs of "progressive" members of Congress, which he says he was talking about all along.

He was on Mark Levin's conservative talk radio show Friday night to talk about it, because it's tough to go on a show in which someone might actually challenge you on your facts. It's way easier to put a call in to a belligerent Republican with a microphone and get fellated for your steadfast and loyal defense of bullshit.

("Damn, you're good," Levin said, "You do your research, you're studied, you've read.")

Though Levin and West hit on a lot of topics in the closing minutes of his show, my ears perked up when they started talking about the media. It was a selfish interest -- Levin once personally called me a "fool" and former Pulp blogger Matt Hendley a "little creep," "moron," and "idiot," so I was excited to see what they came up with. Levin was pretty spot-on those other times.

Levin said that West "is being targeted by the leftists in that district" and that "Palm Beach papers are pathetic," a "joke," and "not really papers." West agreed with these sentiments and went onto explain how lazy and biased the fourth estate really is:

"Incredibly enough, the media, in their search to try to condemn me or attack me or bring up some type of sensational story, didn't do their due diligence, didn't do their research," West said. "So now they have egg on their face because they're not arguing the point that I brought up. They're just arguing the fact that they just don't like that I brought it up. Well, you know, tough on them."

Didn't do our research? Didn't do our due diligence? Well, gentlemen, here's a big, steaming pile of due diligence for the both of you -- 2,586 words' worth, far more than should be necessary to correct basic statements being made by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If it doesn't jibe with the lies you tell to scare your supporters, well, you know, tough on you.

Here are five of the lies your congressman told over the weekend:

1. The statement that started this whole thing was reasonable.
The lie: When asked what caused this most recent of shitstorms, West unleashed several lies at once. The first was, "The question was asked of me, did I think that there were Marxist socialists in Congress. And, you know I ended up bringing up the issue of the Congressional Progressive Caucus."

The truth: The way West tells it, the whole thing doesn't sound so bad -- a constituent asks about socialism in Congress, West points to the Progressive Caucus as being an "issue." But West was actually asked a far more specific question: "What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or neo-Castro socialists?"

And he had a far more specific answer: "That's a good question," West said. "I believe there are 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party."

That's most certainly not the same thing. Yes, he mentioned the Progressive Caucus afterward, but it was in response to a separate question. Plus, he didn't say, "The 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus support some socialist policies"; he said members of Congress were actually members of the Communist Party.

All in all, though, it's a relatively innocent spin. The point, as West has said, is that progressives support socialist principles. But this assertion led into another lie, and it's a completely unambiguous one:

2. Progressive is a code word for communist.
The lie: "Back at the turn of the century, you know, communists decided to change their names to progressives," West said. "But still, the basic principles that they operate under are still the same."

The truth: He's just pilfering conspiracies from nutjob websites like commieblaster.com. The turn of the 20th Century did see the country's first Progressive Party established -- but it wasn't by communists or "Marxist socialists" or whatever random string of buzzwords West is using for them today.

It was founded in 1912 by Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican who was so American that they carved his face in a stinking mountain next to three guys who ended up on our money.
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That mountain is a SOCIALIST.
And, mountain or not, West's most certainly heard of Teddy Roosevelt -- last year, he posted a video of himself to show off how he took up airtime on Fox News reading a quote from the guy:
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Screenshot, in case West gets tricky about deleting videos like he deletes tweets.
This isn't one of those things where it's subjective and Republicans just see things differently from Democrats communists -- it's wrong, and West, a former history teacher, knows it's a direct deception playing to conspiracy theorists.  And it certainly stands in striking contrast to his He-Man quoting of T.R. on the telly.



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38 comments
Garage door Plantation
Garage door Plantation

Thank you for the sensible critique. I and my neighbor were just preparing to do alittle research about this.

E t
E t

What the Mr. West lie about? on been black.? you can tell he's proud to be a white Republican..

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"it's wrong, and West, a former history teacher,"

Say what? 

FQS9000
FQS9000

We jes be a hatin dat fool West.  He be black and he don be a loving the Democraps.  He be such a uncle tom niggra.  All good ole liberals, progressives, democraps, commies must be a hatin him or dey havta turn in der copy of kumbaya an no more welfare for dem.

Joel Valez Stokes
Joel Valez Stokes

I want to know...who are the "Knuckleheads" that voted West into office?

HockeyDadMn
HockeyDadMn

The media want to bury this story or any mention of Marxism, socialism or communism. It is sad how many people immediately discredit anyone that mentions communism. Why isn't this being seriously discussed? What are the hiding behind the illusion that communism doesn't exist in the USA?

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I hope those in the district the criminal West is running to know about his politics.  He is all about making everyone who cant afford it to pay all the taxes while leaving those poor rich folk free of such burdens so they can "create jobs".  I wonder if he has noticed that after all these decades of protecting the rich has actually started this country on the slide to a third world nation?  Course that could be his plan all along, so he can attempt to regain his former and disgraced military career. 

RESTLESS TONGUE
RESTLESS TONGUE

West's mantra:  IF YOU CAN'T DAZZLE 'EM WITH RHETORIC, BAFFLE 'EM WITH BULLS**T!!

Connie_shelp
Connie_shelp

Sounds to me like you the writer is being fellated by someone. Saying there are 80 communists in congress doesn't scare us out here in the country. It really does not surprise us. Why would it? We have a third world tin horn dictator wanna be in the white house. So save your snarky articles. We love Alan West mainly for how well he shuts down Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, you know the hag that looks like a guppy with nappy hair? How about you amatuer journalists focus on the real gaffe master, the dumbest man alive, Joe Biteme?

nanook5
nanook5

 of course communism exists in the usa. the idea our politicians are secret muslims or communists always has and always has been a distraction; they are merely criminals.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"Why isn't this being seriously discussed?"

Because it is not a serious thought; it is the thought of a batshit colonel who may have been hit with too much shrapnel.....or a hockey puck.   

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 It is highly dubious that any communism is present in this senate or house.  And definitely not in the executive branch.  There is no evidence of it and it is HIGHLY unlikely for the voters to elect any such people into office.  While there may be some fringe groups out there, they do not operate inside our government.  If there was, we would know about it.  Yet, there is no evidence of any such things.The criminal West, as well as HockeyDad, are either paranoid, or very misinformed.  It would be more believable if there were aliens secretly running the planet from Area 51.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Bury it? This is the longest story I've written on this blog. I'm not discrediting West because he mentioned communism, I'm discrediting him because he's lying.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 What happened? You vanished. Witness protection program?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Fuck you Matt Hendley.  You and the rest of your latte loving Arizonians.

On a side note, say hello to Kelly (Bartender) at the Phoenician.  See if they finally repaired that mirror I broke.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

If there was any credibility to your contribution on this topic, it was washed away with the childish attempt of substituting actual names with deprecating nicknames, i.e. "Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz", "Joe Biteme". Really? You are not alone since most posters of your ilk have developed the same ritual. I suspect these monikers are handed out at the TP gatherings.

Kill-lefty
Kill-lefty

Ah excuse me but what planet are you living on? Let me see here- Debbie waserman-Schultz , the bearded Marxist- Bernard west, Obama, Pelosi, the gay caballero- who speaks like Barney rubble-Barney Frank, etc,etc,etc.... Your clueless.

Original1
Original1

No Abdill, you are making shit-up and you just don't like hearing the truth! Plus, you have a small chip on your shoulder because you can get a job as a real journalist you just parrot the other shit you hear/read.You are a unoriginal piece of garbage and it's time you consider a new line of work like maybe teaching Marxist history in Red China.

Johncoctoasten
Johncoctoasten

Rich, you are either a ignorant fool or your head is stuck up Hendly's ass but most likely your just just another Marxist that should move to Siberia.... You leftists make me sick. If things keep moving left in this country were all screwed and your life may be on the line the..

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Close -- he moved to Phoenix. The comments program won't let me post links, but he's the news blogger at Phoenix New Times.

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

A semi-legitimate reason to get loaded at the Phoenician? If I have to...

Rastas
Rastas

Chaz Stevens = Perez Hilton

Aaron Byron
Aaron Byron

dont forget the race buzzword nappy hair

Bebep
Bebep

I'm gonna repeat a word like you guys and that is going to be my argument.

You are now traitors.

Bebep
Bebep

Nice TRAITOR logic!

nanook5
nanook5

 i sure haven't. i assume you meant bernie sanders? surely if communist politicians are such a dire threat i wouldn't have to help make your argument for you...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

 Amusing thing is, when I entered that name into a search engine, guess who shoes up?  The criminal West, your all time favorite right fright wing lunatic.

E t
E t

I go alone with the rest you are a liar traitor..and stop  listening  to Radio Mambi.pls it can mess up your brain...

Bebep
Bebep

You're making shit up TRAITOR!

You obviously don't love AMERICA!! TRAITORS!!

nanook5
nanook5

i seriously doubt chinese schools teach much marxist history. maoism is very far removed from marxism and the chinese government doesn't really even practice that anymore. then again, our public schools still teaches us that our government operates on the foundations of the constitution today. hrrm.

Bebep
Bebep

TRAITOR RHETORIC!

Stop hating America!

nanook5
nanook5

things keep moving left in this country? please explain.

Mlevinrules
Mlevinrules

2nd that opinion but firmly agree your a Marxist with your head up hHendly's ass..

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