By pushing Allen West’s claim that 80 Democrats in the House are communists the media is helping him cover up his anti-women and anti-jobs voting record.
According to the Palm Beach Post News, “The conservative tea party icon also got in shots at Democrats and President Obama, who spoke Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. West said Obama was “scared” to have a discussion with him. He later said “he’s heard” up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, but wouldn’t name names.” (Notice how the media reports the Republican lies as “shots” at Democrats?)
As with much of what comes out Allen West’s mouth, his claims make no sense. The Communist Party in the United States claims to have only 20,000 members in 28 states. Without naming names it is impossible to debunk West’s claims, but it is a pretty safe bet that there are exactly zero communists in the House of Representatives, but why is West talking about communists in the first place?
West’s claims of communism and President Obama being afraid of him are designed to hide his voting record. While he was running for the House in 2010, West said, “The most pressing issue for America, and indeed Florida with a 12.3% unemployment rate is job creation.” Once elected, Allen West dropped any pretense of job creation.
One of Rep. West’s first moves after being elected was to propose legislative that eliminated comprehensive private health insurance for women. West also joined the Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood. West has embarked on a comprehensive anti-women agenda, while at the same time he has voted against plan after plan to create jobs.
Allen West is the typical Republican member of the House. This is the same House that has created 0 jobs, and voted to kill millions since Republicans took majority control. West voted against the American Jobs Act. West also voted to end the Affordable Home Mortgage Program. West has voted for the budget, and has been a constant champion of more tax cuts for the wealthy.
West and the other House Republicans want you to get distracted by their headline grabbing statements, such as Paul Ryan accusing President Obama of throwing an tantrum and Allen West claiming that 80 House Democrats are communists. This kind of talk plays well to the base, and keeps the media occupied with distractions instead of exposing the radical ideologically corporate driven agenda of the House Republicans.
Rep. West is feeding the media more sensational headlines so that his name stays in the news while he is running for reelection. Most of all, West wants to keep the media, constituents and everyone else from asking, where is that jobs agenda that you promised us in 2010?
Allen West is trying to distract voters with commies, because he doesn’t want you to see that he is anti-women, anti-job, and on the wrong side of tax cuts for the wealthy.