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September 10, 2012

NJDC Slams Rep. Allen West’s Outrageous Comments to Republican Jewish Coalition

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Repeat Holocaust Reference User Compares Obama Campaign to Communists during Speech

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) today slammed the latest inflammatory and outrageous comments made by Representative Allen West (R-FL)—this time in front of a Jewish audience. NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris said:

“Once again, Representative Allen West has decided to cheapen political discourse by ridiculously suggesting that his political opponents ‘want to bring out an old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme.’ Worse, West chose to make his insulting comments at a gathering of that rarest audience—Jewish Republicans. West should apologize immediately for his comments, and the Republican Jewish Coalition—the organization responsible for bringing West’s cheap and divisive rhetoric into our community—should condemn his comments and end their relationship with him once and for all.”

The Huffington Post reported:

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) recently expanded his list of things that are based on socialism, declaring over the weekend that President Barack Obama’s ‘Forward’ campaign slogan was designed to push a ‘Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme.’

Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday, West claimed the 2012 presidential election would determine ‘whether or not we continue to be a Republic, governed by the Constitution, and individual sovereignty, or will we become a liberal-progressive bureaucratic nanny-state.’

West continued by pointing to the Obama tag line as evidence that the president wanted to take the nation down the same path as the communist-run Soviet Union, which dissolved in 1991.

‘We are now $16 trillion in debt. We have 47 million Americans on food stamps. We have close to 9.5 million more Americans in three-and-a-half years on the poverty rolls. That’s not turning the corner,’ West said. ‘But yet, they want to bring out an old Soviet Union, Marxist-Socialist theme for their campaign called “Forward.” I have to ask you one simple question. Where is the Soviet Union today?’

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In addition to this latest outrageous comments, West compared Democrats to Goebbels, called House Democrats communists, and accused a tracker during the 2010 campaign of using “Gestapo-type intimidation tactics.” West also launched a sexist attack against Democratic National Committee Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), received a formal rebuke from rabbis over his “intemperate” comments about one of his Muslim House colleagues, accused progressive women of “neutering” American men to the point of “incredible weakness,” and tried to hire a right wing radio host with a history of offensive statements about Jews to be his Chief of Staff.