Rep. Allen West’s Chick-fil-A Treat Gnaws at Black Caucus – And Typical West Response to the Idiocity

The Congressional Black Caucus, and Alcee Hastings in particular, need to get a grip on reality.  They are apparently ‘offended’ by Congressman Allen West’s serving of Chick-fil-A at a CBC meeting SIX MONTHS ago!  Really???  Offended???  This was six months prior to the recent Chick-fil-A flap – and they are just now offended?

Below are several news articles regarding the CBC outrage and a typical Allen West video response to the idiocity.

The following is from Amy Bingham at ABC News:

While Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., said members of the Congressional Black Caucus have lunched on fried chicken in the past,  when the group’s only Republican member, Rep. Allen West of Florida, brought Chick-fil-A for his turn to provide lunch, Hastings told the Huffington Post ”every member” of the group was offended.

West provided the now-controversial chicken sandwiches about six months ago, but Hastings’ recollection of the delivery carries fresh potency in light of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s open support for a “biblical definition” of marriage.

Gay rights activists were incensed by Cathy’s statements and staged a boycott of the chicken chain.  Although the caucus’ Chick-fil-A delivery took place before the recent hullabaloo, Hastings said, he saw it as an “in your face” way for West to make a statement in support of the company’s conservative views, which the primarily Democratic group does not share.

“He did it deliberately,” Hastings told the Huffington Post  Monday. “Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended.”

West spokeswoman Angela Melvin said his choice of Chick-fil-A “had nothing to do” with the company’s values or stance on marriage.

“He loves Chick-fil-A,” Melvin told ABC News. “Catered the event on something that was affordable and what average Americans eat. The fact that Mr. Hastings would turn this into anything else is laughable and desperate.”

Melvin said West spent about $600 on the Chick-fil-A meal and that there was “not a plate left” by the end of the meeting.

West expressed his support for Chick-fil-A during an interview in Chicago last week,  telling CNBC that he wanted to open his own franchise.

“I had to come up from down South because I wanted to try to open up a Chick-fil-A franchise here in Chicago,” West said in an interview with CNBC’s Rick Santelli.

Melvin said the congressman was “being sarcastic” and does not intend to open a Chick-fil-A. West’s remarks came one week after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.  … And if you’re going to be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

When Santelli asked West whether it struck him as “a bit unusual” that the mayor would threaten to block a business based on the beliefs of its owner, West said he wasn’t surprised by how “the other side” reacted.

“It doesn’t when you understand the other side, the liberal side, because free speech is only free if you agree with what they say and what they believe,” West said.

Read more here.

 And this from the Atlanta Black Star:

Florida Republican Congressman Allen West has raised the ire of the Congressional Black Caucus for delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting, then walking out. Though it happened six months ago, Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings said he has no doubt that West meant the gesture as an “in your face” challenge to the members of the Congressional Black Caucus. West, the only Republican member of the CBC, has made statements recently in support of the restaurant chain and its president Dan Cathy, who is a vocal opponent of gay marriage and has contributed money to fight it.

“We have a rotation in the Congressional Black Caucus where every member provides the lunch one of the weeks when we meet,” Hastings said in a Monday interview with the Huffington Post. “We have fried chicken. And we have catfish and BBQ. We do not have watermelon, although sometimes people will have fruit. We serve a full course meal with collard greens. We have Jamaican beans and rice.”

But when it was West’s turn to provide the lunch, Hastings said, he “sent Chick-fil-A with biscuits. Ok?” And then he turned around and walked out—and has never been seen again at a CBC meeting.

“That was an ‘in your face.’ Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended,” said Hastings, whose district abuts West’s in Florida.

When asked why they were offended, Hastings said, “He did it deliberately,” Hastings said. He said they saw West’s message as, “You know, ‘That’s what I think of you all.’”

Read more here.

In typical Allen West style he responded with the following:  “When I brought in the Chick-fil-A… at the end of the meeting, there was nothing left.”

H/T Tanya Green

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