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Allen West says many Dems in Congress are communists

This just goes to show that there is no such thing as a boring town hall when Republican Congressman Allen West is speaking. At a town hall in Jensen Beach Tuesday covered by TCPalm, a man asked West this question (this is the best we could make out in the video) “what percentage of the American Legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists (something garbled) Socialists?”

West's reply: “That’s a good question. I believe its about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party are members of the Communist Party.”

PolitiFact asked West’s spkeswoman Angela Melvin for an explanation today: “The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren't proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom.”

We read that response to Jennifer Gore, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota who co-chairs the caucus. Here's a snapshot of what she said: "all of that is false."

We also contacted the Communist Party USA. Vice president Libero Della Piana said that none of the less than 5,000 members are members of Congress.

"Trust me -- if a member of Congress applied to join the Communisty Party we would know about it. It would set up some red flags -- pardon the pun."

PolitiFact will be fact-checking West's claim about how many -- if any -- Democrats in Congress are Communists.

 

 

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SoFla Ken

Somebody put this man in a straight jacket now, before he does any harm to himself or someone else. Is there a more insane, delusional person in congress than this guy? His idea of freedom: agree with me, or you're a commie pinko. (sigh)

Bill Says

I agree with Allen West most of them are Communist that is why our country is in such bad. Their leader is one of the most anti-Christian and anti-Israel presidents we have ever had.

Barry Chitwood

Just what we need, another Joe McCarthy.

Rico

so is Politi-Fact now engaging in a form of neo-McCarthyism? If the CPUSA claims that none of its members are Communist Party members, why explore it further? This seems to be a way to dig up dirt on Congressmen who care about Working Class issues, and may have sympathies towards an American political party, which CPUSA is.

Preppy

A buffoon and puppet for the Koch boys

LFOD

As a matter of fact, some Democrats even admit it and or belong to communist organizations. Unfortunately most who do, disguise their true commie beliefs..

hollywood resident

how can someone as ignorant as west be elected to any office

GManion

I demand that Representative show proof and documentation of his absured charges. Lacking that then I could charge that he is a member of the Nazi Party.

abarafi

Wow, shades of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy. Uh,Allen, we're not fighting the communists anymore. How about saying "I have in my hand, here, a list of 80 card-carrying Islamists in the House." At least we'd know you were not a total moron.

Evan

If the tables were turned and *any* Democrats asserted that 80 Republican Congressmen or Congresswomen were "card-carrying members" of the Nazi Party, they would be drummed out of office by the close of business today. West is a complete and utter disgrace and does a disservice to his constituents.

Tally Folly

Censure the Fool.
He is abominable.

nicole joseph

It doesn't surprise me, the G.O.P feel like the already loose the 2012 general election, angry, mad, depress, empty barrels, and lost confidence they through everything from their mouth as much as possible toward the democrats just to cover their incompetency to govern that's all. The american people consider them as a barking dog at the speeding democrats train. They are all loosers in November.

mikemizzie

What?No protests? Oh Allen West can spit out venom words with no support-no truth to it at all and he gets a pass? Not from me ! This is for you and your followers: NOW HIRING-MINSTREL SHOW ACTS ! BLACK FACE-OPTIONAL. MUST BELIEVE IN POLICIES CONTRARY TO THEIR HISTORICAL BACKGROUND. HEAD SCRATCHING-BUTT SCRATCHING :OPTIONAL. MUST BE AN UNCLE TOM OF THE HIGHEST ORDER ! CANNOT WORRY IF THEY STAND AGAINST EVERY THING CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING AND OTHERS MARCHED,PROTESTED AND DIED FOR ! EXPERIENCE : NECESSARY ! IF MOST OF THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS ARE COMMUNISTS AS ALLEN WEST SAYS THEN WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT VOTED THEM IN OFFICE? ALLEN WEST OWES THE DEMOCRATS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AN APOLOGY AND A RETIREMENT FORM WITH HIS NAME ON IT !

SG

why would politico fact check anything he says? he's a deranged lunatic and, supported by deranged lunatics, and any sort of normal/mainstream conservative or Republican or independent should be deeply ashamed of voting for him since this was clear before he was elected.

jmhpro

This guy is a whack job and Florida should be ashamed of him.

R B Quinn

The one-term West has got to go ... he's an embarrassment to his political party, the U.S. Army and the nation as a whole ... and it doesn't have anything to do with this ethnicity or political affiliation!

Juan

Communist is an understatement. Obama is to the left of most Communists.

Sig Froid

The problem with Allen West is that he wishes he was a white man. So sad, it will never happen.

Nancy

West for President!!!

Allan is Right

I remember Maxine Waters calling Fidel castro "Mi comandante" and asking for his understanding after she had voted (unknowingly she claims) for some sort of condemnation of the Communist dictator.

Last time I checked... she's a democrat and a congresswoman (no capital letter is intentional)... and she's not the only one with this adoration to this criminal... Google it...

Terry

West is a clown! Communist in the congress. Lol!
West is selling that absurd bs to the hick white folks that live isolated from the rest of America.

Nancy

You posted...."how can someone as ignorant as west be elected to any office
Posted by: hollywood resident | April 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM


The answer to your question......that's what I wonder every day regarding the man in the White House.

carl snyder

Good for him. He's probably right. They want to give everyone everything they want....dont have insurance, ok well give you medicaid, dont have a job, well give you welfare and food stamps, dont have a place to live, no problem, well give you free housing. why work?? its the greatest scam in the world where people that dont do anything live better than 90% of the rest of the world.

R B Quinn

West for Preident ... of Absurdistan!

carl snyder

i hate these posters that want to make everything about race...get a life

Joel

Many Democrats in government today are known to be communists, it's a FACT. Left wingers act as if this is some kind of new, crazy proclamation.

Jamie ramirez

Corrine brown is the dumbest member in congress hands down. Go gata.! And second place is the guy who said Guam would tip over if the navy put more service members there. Hank Johnson.

Robert Jenkins

Odd man indeed. You can expect this from a person receiving disability compemsation from the V.A. for PSTD. Some times PSTD causes dellusions as do many mental disorders. He needs to have his meds checked and updated; if he is taking or on them.

bill

West is the Best
In August 2006, the Communist Party USA welcomed Ellison's probable election to Congress, comparing him to the late far left senator Paul Wellstone[4].
If Keith Ellison is elected in November to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, he will bring to the U.S. House of Representatives a fresh progressive voice in tradition of Paul Wellstone. He will also be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim in the U.S. Congress.

jamie ramirez

Definition of COMMUNISM
1a : a theory advocating elimination of private property
b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed

2capitalized a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production
c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
d : communist systems collectively

bill

"Democratic Socialists of America played a role in organizing the CPC, according to Chicago DSA;[8]
Congressman Bernie Sanders has been charging that these bail-outs to regimes which violate worker and civil rights are illegal under a law passed last year by Sanders and Representative Barney Frank, both leaders of the Progressive Caucus in Congress which DSA has helped to organize."

Several past members of CPC have been close to DSA including David Bonior, Hilda Solis, Ron Dellums and Major Owens. Serving Illinois Congressman Danny Davis is a DSA member, while Jan Schakowsky, Jerrold Nadler, Bob Filner, John Conyers, John Lewis and Bernie Sanders all have DSA connections.

Tomasa Rodriguez

‘Stupid reporter’ took ‘Communist’ allegation out of context, says Allen West’s campaign

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/11/stupid-reporter-took-communist-allegation-out-of-context-says-allen-wests-campaign/

M

Why doesn't he have to make a public apology to all people who have lost relatives at the hands of Communist regime's?

hande

And I see it as all black republicans are no more than blind uncle toms...

dreamtim

Old "Step'n'Fetch It" is doing what his massuhs the Koch brothers tell him to do...

Carlos

This guy should be Romney's VP nominee. It would guarantee a slam dunk reelection for Obama! HaHa!! You TOOLS who follow this guy are a bunch of IGNORAMUS'S!!!

True American

It is all about race again and again. True Americans don't see the color of one's skin but our attitudes. Obama loves division--it keeps everyone without a brain distracted from Obama's record and communist policies.

Kanye West

What is wrong with this guy??? This guy is worse the Ozzie Guillen. Allen West is a dirtbag, all he has is a big mouth.

Mr. West, please get a proper haircut, you have a flat top with a line in it. The 90s are over. For somebody who talks all big and bad, you sure look like a fool. F/you.

hollywood resident

Many Democrats in government today are known to be communists, it's a FACT. Left wingers act as if this is some kind of new, crazy proclamation.

Posted by: Joel | April 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM

which one ?

JAK

ALLEN WEST IS AN PATHOLOGICAL MORON!!!!!!!!!

Frank Stallone

You're absolutely right Allen West. The democrats are a bunch of commies.

Michael

I agree with Mr. West.

Sol Shaker

When I lived in South Florida I was proud to be there, but I must say that now I would be ashamed because Mr West makes all South Floridians look silly

Patriot

Oh, my! I didn't realize that there were so many people in South Florida with their heads still firmly stuck in the sand. You folks need to "wake up and smell the coffee" before it is too late for the USA! If Obama and his cronies get re-elected, there will be no stopping this wonderful country's fall into Socialism, short of an outright rebellion. Well, that worked in 1776, so I guess we can do it again if need be.

Nando

Uncle Tom ,House Negro Strikes again and the loney white folks love to give him money !!

Dr. Morris Fishbein

West is a truly stupid individual, as are apparently a handful of posters here. He obviously wouldn't know a communist from a hole in the ground.

Fred

And most Republican members of congress are members of the Klu Klux Klan

OnLine

Where is the surprise? starts with the president.

ALLEN WEST MUST GO

Garbage like this is why I started the fb group ALLEN WEST MUST GO!

Enough is enough!

This is all a distraction from the fact that the policies of the fascist right wingers like Allen West and his Koch Brother benefactors are designed to END THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Whether you are a Dem, an Indie, or a disgruntled Republican, JOIN US in our FIGHT for the Middle Class!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/325005804195316/

Jamie ramirez

Bernie sanders is a socialist. Maxine waters said she was a socialist then back tracked. Socialist doesn't sound as good to the American public as progressive does.rebranding. I would say most of the policies that come from democrats have a socialist agenda. Government mandated health care seems socialist, the take over of general motors. Spreading the social gospel are words used by Obama himself. As a matter of fact under obamas energy plan prices will necessarily skyrocket, but he will subsidize the poor for their energy bills, sounds like government creating a problem in order to enslave millions of Americans into needing help from the creator of the problem just to pay the bills

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