Allen West Thinks Only 80 Communists in Congress

Allen West thinks that only about 80 members of congress are communists - but that's the official tally, judged by those who are part of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“No, it’s a good question,” he said, adding: “I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” After a long pause, West adds that he is talking about the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of 76 of the more liberal Democrats in the U.S. House.

“He stands by the comments,”West campaign manager Tim Edson said.

Call them what you want; they’re clearly people who oppose capitalism and free markets and individual economic freedom. So, if the shoe fits.”

Pressed on whether those members are actual Communists, Edson said the label isn’t the point. “We can quibble about the terminology used to describe them, but it’s clear,” he said. “Whatever you call people that oppose capitalism and free markets and individual economic freedom — maybe it’s ‘socialist,’ maybe it’s ’Communist’ — but that’s the point the congressman was making, and he stands by the words.”

This sort of comment should be made freely by Republicans. Let Democrats explain exactly where the differences lie between their philosophy and the philosophy of their 'friends in Venezuela' and Cuba.