Allen West: 80 communists in the House

By DARIUS DIXON via Politico

Florida Representative Allen West is pictured. | AP Photo

West said he was referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. | AP Photo

Rep. Allen  West channeled Joe McCarthy in a town hall event in Florida that he’s “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are Communist Party members, the Palm  Beach Post reports.

The Florida Republican, and tea party favorite, made the comments while  speaking in Jensen Beach, Fla. Tuesday evening but didn’t go as far as to say  names he’d heard or from whom.

However, at the same event, West said he was referring to the  Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest Democratic caucus, which has more  than 75 members.

In a video clip of the  event posted Wednesday, West was responding a question from a constituent  asking “What percentage of the American legislature do you think are  card-carrying Marxists?”

“That’s a fair question,” West says in the video. “I believe there’s about 78  to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist  Party.”

He also criticized President Barack Obama, who spoke in Florida Tuesday about  raising taxes for the wealthy, saying the president was “scared” to have a  discussion on oil drilling and tax cuts, the Post reported.

“I really wish that, standing here before you, was Allen West and President  Obama,” West said Tuesday, according to the Post. “We could have a simple  discussion. But that ain’t ever gonna happen.”

“Why not?” an audience member asked.

“Cuz he was too scared!” West responded.

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