A common reaction to Florida congressman Allen West's claim that "78 to 81" House Democrats are members of the Communist Party was that Allen West had lost his mind, even more so than before. But West's campaign manager insisted today that a widely circulated video of the incident "doesn’t show the Congressman’s full remarks where he clearly identified who he was referring to." Here is the more contextualized video, which was released by West's campaign:
For the headphone-impaired, here is a transcript:
Guy Reading Question: What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or international Socialists?
West: No, that’s a good question. Uh, I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party.
Town-Hall Attendees: [gasps] Rabble, rabble. Rabble.
West: No, they actually don’t hide it. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
[End of video]
See, it all makes sense now.