This week’s winner of The Biggest Damn Lie is Rep. Allen West. Rep. West believes there are Communists in Congress.
MR. MARTIN: All right, panel. We appreciate it. Thanks a bunch.
Folks, now it’s time for – [fanfare] – “The Biggest Damn Lie.”
All right. So many lies. Not enough time. Here’s one. Florida Republican congressman Allen West – you know, with the Kid ‘N’ Play haircut from the ’90s – has been getting some attention recently as both Sarah Palin and Herman Cain have suggested Mitt Romney pick West as his running mate. But he got even more attention this week when he made this charge at a town hall [meeting] in his district.
REP. ALLEN WEST: I believe it was 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.
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MR. MARTIN: Wow! Now, we know the Tea Party wants to go back to “America as it was” – whatever that is – but we didn’t think they wanted to go back to the red-baiting days of the early 1950s. And here’s what’s so funny. I had somebody from NewsBusters who sent me an email saying, “But after that, he said the Progressive Caucus.” Wow. Big difference, Matthew Balan. Way to go.
Anyway, West said he was counting as communists members of the Progressive Caucus in the House. Let’s take a look at just a partial list of Congress folks West believes are communists.
Hm-m-m. Cong. John Lewis, the last [remaining] speaker from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; Tammy Baldwin; John Dingell; Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. – communist? Jim Moran, communist. Charlie Rangel, Raul Grijalva; Karen Bass of California; Corrine Brown of Florida; Jerome Nadler of New York – we all call him “Jerry” – and virtually every other member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
This was a huge whopper. And, Allen West, you’re part of the Black Caucus! You, Allen West – you, certainly, sir – this week’s “Biggest Damn Lie.”
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