Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) gave a characteristically energetic speech at a town hall event Tuesday evening, where he estimated that around 80 U.S. Representatives are Communist Party members.
Without identifying the 80 in question, West went on to attack President Obama as being too â€œscaredâ€ to have a public debate with him. The president was in Florida at the time, attending campaign events and speaking on the economy.
The Palm Beach Post reported Westâ€™s statements:
West said Obama was â€œscaredâ€ to have a discussion with him. He later said â€œheâ€™s heardâ€ up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, but wouldnâ€™t name names.
â€˜I really wish that, standing here before you, was Allen West and President Obama,â€™ West said. â€˜We could have a simple discussion. But that ainâ€™t ever gonna happen.â€™
â€˜Why not?â€™ an audience member asked.
â€˜Cuz he was too scared!â€™ West responded in a mocking voice.