Rep. Allen West is under fire once again for a controversial remark, however this time he has taken the opportunity to call out the President by claiming that Obama would “rather you be his slave,” reports The Huffington Post.
West, who is facing a primary challenge to his candidacy in District 18, was campaigning along Florida’s Treasure Coast this past weekend when he took the opportunity to take a jab at President Obama in his speech.
“He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American,”adding,
“He’d rather you be his slave.”
This wasn’t the first time that tea party favorite Allen West has made controversial remarks. In April, West said that over 80 of the democratic members of congress were “card-carrying Marxist socialists.” West has also been quoted as saying that being gay is just the same as someone choosing to like chocolate chip ice cream.
His opponent in the race, Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder, says that he is in disbelief at the things that come out of West’s mouth.
“I think trying to label some people that he would have to work with in Congress as being Communists … I just think that’s the wrong thing to do,” Crowder said.
According to the LA Times, this also wasn’t the first time that Allen West has connected Democrats to slavery when he made a speech to the House regarding Democratic “handouts”:
“We [Republicans] reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock. For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he said.
“Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.”
The primary is set for August 14th.
What do you think of Allen West’s remarks regarding President Obama and slavery in his campaign speech this past weekend?