Flamboyant Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said at town hall meeting last night that he thinks up to 80 Democratic congressmen who are members of the Communist Party. The entire House Democratic Caucus is 190 members, so West is claiming that almost half are card-carrying Communists. Not surprisingly, he would not name names. (HT: Jenn Bendery)
New video shows West’s remarks came in response the question, “what percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists?” West replied, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” Watch it:
A spokesperson for West said the congressman was referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies,” West spokeswoman Angela Martin said in an email to Business Insider.