Allen West has bulldozed himself so far into Crazy Town that the regular people gawking from outside the fence can barely even see him anymore. He's back to calling the president "Barack Hussein Obama," has once again ditched the business suit in favor of a leather vest, and now, in a move we didn't imagine but should have seen coming, he's stepped up to defend the indefensible: Ted Nugent.
The '70s rocker strapped on a headset at the NRA convention last weekend and, in between comments about rallying voters and phrases like "cut their heads off," said Obama is the head of a "vile, evil, America-hating administration" and said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The Secret Service now has to schlep across the country talk to Nugent about it, but West has an explanation: It's the media's fault.
"I think he was just expressing, uh, maybe his opinion about something, and of course everyone wants to sensationalize things," West said on CNN yesterday. "But I don't think the Motor City Madman has any ill will toward the president of the United States of America... There's a lot of people that didn't like President Bush, and we didn't have to cart them in front of the Secret Service."
Seriously? The guy has to be questioned by federal authorities for threats against the president and we're going to call him by a 40-year-old nickname that includes the word madman? West might as well go on CNN just to beg for contributions from right-wing, name-calling shitslingers; it'd be a lot less disgusting than this spineless pandering.
And, in case you accidentally believed him, there's absolutely nothing to support West's suggestion that threats against George W. Bush weren't investigated -- people were most certainly carted in front of the Secret Service, including a 13-year-old boy in Kentucky and a 14-year-old girl who was ambushed outside of her freshman biology class.
And if the "Motor City Madman" doesn't harbor any ill will toward the president, he's got a funny way of showing it -- in addition to his repeated insults to everybody not in favor of passing out assault rifles to white people, there isn't a shortage of YouTube videos showing him saying all kinds of crazy things -- in 2007, for example, somebody grabbed a video of him waving prop assault rifles in front of an American-flag guitar and saying, "Obama, he's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun."
And, still gesturing with the guns, he then said, "And then I was in New York; I said 'Hey, Hillary, you might wanna ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.'"
Then he called Sen. Diane Feinstein "worthless whore" and yelled "FREEDOOOOOM." Sounds like West's kinda guy, and, in light of his refusal to condemn the language, it looks like West thinks so too.
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