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Democrats are communists, insists Republican

2012-04-18 12:57

Washington - US Congressman Allen West on Tuesday refused to back away from earlier remarks to constituents in Florida that dozens of Democrats in the US House of Representatives were communists.

The freshman Republican who is backed by conservative Tea Party activists was asked at a forum whether he had second thoughts about calling the 78 members of the House Progressive Caucus communists.

"I don't regret it whatsoever," said West, who is facing a tough race for re-election in November.

"There is a very thin line between communism, progressivism, Marxism, Socialism ... it's about nationalising production, it's about creating and expanding the welfare state. It's about this idea of social and economic justice," said the retired military officer.

West first talked about Progressive Caucus Democrats being communists in response to a constituent's question last week at a town hall meeting in his Florida district.

His remarks sparked comparisons to the 1950's "red scare" rhetoric of then-Senator Joseph McCarthy who launched investigations into claims that communists had infiltrated the government.

Progressive Caucus co-chairpersons Representatives Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison issued a statement at the time accusing West of polarising the country. They had no further comment following West's remarks on Tuesday.

West also has turned the controversy into a fundraising pitch to fellow conservatives asking them for their help and repeating his belief that members of the Progressive Caucus were akin to communists.

Comments
  • James - 2012-04-18 13:36

    It is true.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-18 17:37

      Hahahahahaha, Don't know if this is an insult to Democrats or communists, possibly both! Hahahahaha Nice try, to get a few extra votes !!!

  • GopherWild - 2012-04-18 17:19

    Why would he back off? Don't dismiss him, without listening to what he has to say. Check out YouTube "lincoln dinner allen west". I didn't know much about him, but he is impressive and he make me feel proud to be an American. He loves this country, is brave and won't back down. He deserves to be heard.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 15:34

    When will the world realise democrats republicans? whatever!!! besides minor differences they all continue the same policies of the military industrial complex and wall street. The 2 party idea is an illusion. America is becoming a fascist state

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