Rep. Allen West on the Race Card
Florida Republican Republican Rep. Allen West told The Daily Caller in jabuary 23, 2012 that Democratic Rep. James Clyburn and Rev. Al Sharpton claiming Newt Gingrich used race to win in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary is “absolutely reprehensible.”
After hosting a Conservative Black Forum on Capitol Hill Monday West told The Daily Caller that “Under President Obama’s leadership, there’s been a 41 percent increase in food stamp recipients in the United States of America,”. “If there are people such as Rep. Clyburn that don’t want to face up to the truth then that’s on them and I think it’s absolutely reprehensible that they feel that the only thing they can fall back on is try to create some type of racial division which we know that the Democrats are already trying to create some type of class warfare division as well,”.
He then added, “We don’t need these gimmicks that the Democrats and people like Clyburn and also I heard Al Sharpton made some very ugly remarks, we don’t need that.”
This stemmed from an interview where Clyburn told CNN on Sunday that Gingrich was appealing to a racist “element” of the Republican Party by referring to Obama as “the food stamp president.” Several other black rep. followe suite including
South Carolina Republican Rep. Tim Scott and former Oklahoma Republican Rep. J.C. Watts joined West.
“The Republican Party, at the leadership level, missed a great opportunity to be here, we did invite them and they obviously should hear that there are people out there that say they think like us but they’re not voting like us,” said West.