After seeing to it that conservative blogger Javier Manjarres was removed from the annual Jefferson-Jackson Democratic dinner on Saturday, DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz set her sights on Rep. Allen West (R-FL), calling him "unhinged" and "McCarthy-esque."
Manjarres wrote that he "would have had video" of her remarks, had she not removed him from the event.
"Patrick Murphy will send the unhinged, McCarthy-esque West and his extremist views back home wherever that is where he belongs,” she told the 1,000 Florida Democrats gathered in Hollywood.
"The McCarthy comments relates to when West riled up Congressional Democrats when he said about 80 are Communists," the Miami Herald reported.
West said he was referring to members of the Progressive Caucus, a group the Communist Party USA calls "allies" on its website.
"We can quibble about the terminology used to describe them, but it’s clear. 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," West campaign manager Tim Edson told the Washington Post.
Politifact rated West's claim "Pants on Fire," and added:
"The Progressive Caucus promotes policies that the Communist Party thinks are better for the country than some promoted by other caucuses, but "our support of their policies does not mean they support us or our policies. That is pretty much guilt by association on steroids,’’ [CPUSA Vice President Libero Della] Piana said."
West, however, stood by his comments, and told talk show host Mark Levin that progressives have gone so far as to introduce a constitutional amendment to redistribute wealth.
"The Progressive Caucus advocates for state control over industries, redistribution of wealth, reduced individual economic freedom and the destruction of free markets," he told supporters in an email. "Members of this Caucus lavished praise on Fidel Castro following a 2009 visit to Cuba."
"You can call them whatever you want, but the point is, they oppose free markets and individual economic freedom, they want to redistribute wealth, and they want to see the nation fundamentally transformed. Their policies are destructive and I will stand up to them regardless of the critics," he added.
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