Florida GOP Rep. Allen West says he stands by his statement that President Barack Obama exhibited “Third World dictator-like arrogance” in his speech last week on the budget and America’s skyrocketing debt, and he is sick and tired of the president’s “Marxist demagogic rhetoric.”
“I do stand by those words — and perhaps one of the things that many people need to understand is that the truth needs to be said,” West Thursday said on Fox News, referring to a comment he made Tuesday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. “When I go around and I talk to people down here in my district, and we get phone calls, that speech that was given last week Wednesday was absolutely beneath the statesmanship, or the atmosphere, or the aura of the personality that the president should show.
“I am sick and tired of this class warfare — this Marxist demagogic rhetoric that is coming from the president of the United States of America,” he told Greta Van Susteren. “It is not helpful for this country, and it’s not going to move the ball forward as far as rectifying the economic situation in our country — and I’m not going to back away from telling what the truth is.”
West said it is time to “stop playing games” when it comes to discussing America’s deteriorating fiscal situation.
“I don't think it's very presidential when Barack Hussein Obama refers to my colleague, [House Budget Committee Chairman] Paul Ryan, as a simple little accountant, either,” he said. “So I think that when you look at what a community organizer [Obama] is turning out to be, it does seem to be like a low-level socialist agitator.
“When you look at the economic situation that we have, to have a gentleman in the White House that really has never run any type of business or organization — I myself, as a company commander, as a battalion executive officer, and as a battalion commander — have many times had to balance budgets, and take care of units, and operate a budget,” West continued.
“So I think it does come back to experience,” he said. “And when I talk about the chickens coming home to roost — when we continue to play this election cycle ‘American Idol’ in the United States of America — this is what we end up with, with someone that really is not in tune with the American people.”
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