Allen West Says 80 Congressional Dems Are in the Communist Party, Criticizes Biased Media for Reporting He Said That

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It started with a Palm Beach Post article posted late Tuesday night that said Congressman Allen West stated that as many as 80 House Democrats are members of Communist Party "but wouldn't name names."

By Wednesday, there was video of the statement, in which West very clearly says "I believe there are 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party." Political blogs all over the place picked up the story and featured in their usual "Oh, Allen" spot.

And, since all us dirty-hippie, lib-media reporters have the Communist Party on speed dial anyway, I called to check on that number.

"Totally untrue," said Communist Party USA co-chair Libero Della Piana. "I think that he was trying to get the same cachet that Joe McCarthy did. He's in for a sad awakening. It's a different time.

"I'm trying to show the absurdity of saying Democrats would be Communists because maybe they agree with some of the things we support," he said. "We support public parks and public education. I think the vast number of Republicans would support that. Does that make them Communists?... It's just silly."

Of course it's silly. With West, it's almost always silly. But this isn't like the time he called Obama a "low-level socialist agitator." This isn't just adjectives. He made a statement of fact -- "There are 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party." And when someone says something stupid that can be verified as being stupid, they've got two options -- admit they're wrong or try to backtrack.

Unless you're Allen West. When you're Allen West, you double down and blame the liberals.

"A lot of buzz and inaccurate reporting in the press today about my comments last night in response to a question about Marxists and socialists in Congress, so I want to address it," he wrote on his campaign Facebook page, before he went on to not address it at all.

"The press wants to write gotcha stories and talk semantics," he wrote, "but just look at the words and actions of the Progressive Caucus."

Ah, yes. Hey! Pay no attention to that stupid and obviously incorrect thing that I said! Look! Redistribution of wealth!

"I stand by the point of my comments," he wrote. "You can call them socialist, Marxist, communist or whatever you want, but they [sic] point is, they oppose free markets and individual economic freedom, they want to redistribute wealth, and they want to see the nation fundamentally transformed."

Well, you can't call them whatever you want, because words have definitions. But let's move on.

West then posted a link to a video described on YouTube as "the unedited video of Congressman West's remarks about socialist [sic] and marxists in Congress. Unfortunately the press is running with an edited video provide [sic] by a left-wing organization."

Oh, man. Did everybody get it wrong? Was it taken out of context? Does West's version of the video make him look better?

Of course not.

The video (embedded at the bottom of this post) starts with someone asking, "What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or [something or other I can't understand] socialists?"

West could have said, "Well, let's talk about ideas and policy instead of pointless name-calling."

Instead, he said, "That's a good question." Cool.

He then said, without qualification or equivocation, "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party."

He then stands there and stares at nothing for 26 seconds.

Maybe there was a conversation not picked up on the video; maybe he was just letting the grumbles die down before he said more stupid things. But then, it appears, somebody in the front of the room asks a question, to which West responds, "They actually don't hide. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus."

Ah, there's his out. After 26 seconds and a follow-up question, he clarified his statement to make sure everyone knew he meant that all 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are also members of the Communist Party. See? The media was lying. He didn't say that thing he totally said in the video he posted on his Facebook.

West has always been about rhetoric -- he's well-spoken and knows what buttons to push to get a crowd going. But he's a United States congressman flinging insults cribbed from right-wing messageboards -- shouldn't we expect better?


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Mainframe
Mainframe

Hey you communists, what about Joe McCarthy....didn't all his accusations turn out to be true, and didn't the left wing media make fun of his accusations,  and each and every Government worker he said was a communists turn out to be one? The left to this day trys to vilifie him with bogus moviews and documentaries yet what he said turned out to be-----TRUE!!!!!

http://www.freerepublic.com/fo...

Guest
Guest

For everyone jumping on each Galtgirl's back, here's the list (no clue if it's a forgery or not):

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3573...

I think the more important thing is that...what is there really to gain by saying that 70 Congressional Democrats are Communists (which is incorrect). West is making it sound like it's some insidious scheme...as if there aren't people of his party who've done awful things or would lead the country to ruin either. That's the problem with society, inability to think critically and simply rely on fearmongering to support their views and unbending positions.

BLR
BLR

All kidding aside, there is something seriously wrong with that man!  Regardless of his party,  I think he is bitter, hateful and obviously envious that Obama as a black man, has achieved a political status that West will never reach.  I think in West's crazy coconut head, he thinks he is competing with Obama.  West is out of his league.   What a sad little, little man with a very outdated hair cut from the 90's.

Galtgirl
Galtgirl

Why don't u try a search engine? Guess they don't allow u to think for yourself, bot.

Galtgirl
Galtgirl

Obviously you cannot fathom the idea of researching anything.  Your comments demonstrate that you're a typical bot that spews garbage as fed to you by the machine. Good luck in your future endeavors with such a lack of ability to carry on a rational conversation.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

I'd say this performance just about locks up two things:

(1) The end of Mr. West's political "career".(2) The start of his future as a political "expert" on Fox "news".

Congratulations, Westy. You're up there with Huckabee and Palin now. Impressive!

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Yes folks, the criminal West is officially off his meds.The problem is that his rantings and out right lies, plus his desire to return to the McCarthy era, gets him more support from across the nations.  Take a look at the comments on Yahoo about this idiocy.  While here we just have to worry about FQ running off at the mouth, out there its concentrating all the lunacy in one place.Its funny that they actually think he is brave and heroic, not knowing that he is running away from his district as if his ass was on fire.I wonder if the criminal West realizes that if we did return to that era, he would be out of a job and probably in a VERY sticky situation?

nanook5
nanook5

i used to really enjoy the dump on west party. now i feel like he's so far gone and on his way out i'm trying to figure out how to shelve him between paris hilton and andrew breitbart as people i no longer need to waste time thinking about.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Who is more bat shit crazy, ex Colonel Alan West, Colonel Kurtz or Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper? It is a horse race for sure.

FQS9000
FQS9000

At least 80 Democrap congresscrubs are commies, pinkos or as good old Joe Stalin used to call them, 'useful idiots'.

As usual, West is utterly correct and my oh my how the liberals howl at hearing the truth.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves Orcs.

Chief
Chief

How right you are......will someone please explain what the Progressive movement believes?  anti capitalism = communism.......each time the people are smart enough to catch on to the left they change their name.........ie, democrat, liberal, progressive, communist.....

Bebep
Bebep

Hahahaha, wow your level of stupidity has reached new heights. Amazing.

Galtgirl
Galtgirl

And then there are those that can only read what they're fed by their masters... If not I'm sure the machine produces little videos ...

Galtgirl
Galtgirl

Actually, they are not "Communists"...they are Socialists.  In October 2009, the Democratic Socialists of America released in its newsletter a list of 70 members of the U.S. Congress who are members of the organization.  THEY released that information.  I think a multitude of people confuse the two so I can see where West made the mistake. 

FQS9000
FQS9000

I stand corrected, but as far as I am concerned, the basic thrust of the ideology is similar enough as to be of little importance.  I realize that they think it is crucial, but to me it is the same as a bunch of pederasts arguing about whether or not 14 year olds are more acceptable as sex objects than 13 year olds.   

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