Allen West: 80 House Dems Are Communists!

But the Republican didn't name names

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2012 10:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rep. Allen West spoke to a crowd last night of about 100 in Jensen Beach, Fla.—a crowd whose numbers were only slightly larger than the number of Communist Party members working in Congress. That's right, West yesterday revealed that "he's heard" as many as 80 House Democrats are commies, reports the Palm Beach Post. The Republican didn't name names, but Politico notes that he later said his comment referred to the 75-plus-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

One more too-good-to-not-share detail: West told the crowd he really wished President Obama would join him at an event to discuss taxes, among other things, but noted that would basically happen when pigs fly. When an audience member asked why, West replied—in a voice the Post describes as "mocking"—"Cuz he was too scared."

Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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