Allen West: Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels Would "Be Very Proud of the Democrat Party"
The sun rose again this morning, meaning another entry in the expanding catalog of Shit Allen Says.
Let's preface Rep. Allen West's most recent outlandish statement with the disclaimer he gave shortly after his explanation of the Democratic Party:
"Once again, you guys will take whatever I say, and you will spin it to try to demonize me and demagogue me. What I'm talking about is a person that was the minister of propaganda, and I'm talking about propaganda. I'll be prepared to wake up tomorrow and you guys make up some crazy story; whatever."
And here's exactly what he said:
"If Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine. Let's be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit with this and enabling them to get that type of message out."
It's not "spinning," and no one's trying to "demonize" you, Representative West -- take responsibility for your epiphanies.
If you'd like "some crazy story" -- typically referred to by the rest of the world as "context" -- read on.
Politico, The Hill, and the Washington Post each recount the same scenario -- West was responding to a question about a Pew poll, which found that most Americans would like most members of Congress tossed out, and 53 percent said Republicans were "more extreme" than Democrats.
That's when he made his point that Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany Joseph Goebbels would be "very proud" of Democrats.
Well, maybe it was a one-time thing. It wasn't. Click here and fast-forward to the six-minute mark.
West's hopeful Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy managed to get a statement out just hours after the congressman's, uh, remarks.
"These remarks belittle the Holocaust, insult the Jewish community and the millions of American veterans who fought the Nazis in WWII," Murphy says. "Unfortunately, it is only the latest example of how Allen West is simply out of control."
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