Rep. Allen West lashed out Thursday against what he described as race baiting by Democrats determined to defeat his re-election bid this year and keep Mitt Romney out of the White House.
Speaking with Fox News' Sean Hannity, the Florida Republican described a super PAC ad depicting him punching white women as racist because it portrays him as what he characterized as a “stereotypical” violent, black male.
“It has me with a gold tooth. And I think you can see from my smile, I don't have a gold tooth,” West told Hannity. “I think that that is quite stereotypical. And then of course having me as an African-American male, punching a white senior woman and then another white woman, that is definitely not in concert with the values that I stand for.”
The ad being run by a political action committee in support of his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy goes after West for “voting to end Medicare as we know it,” cutting women's healthcare, and supporting a GOP budget that “has mauled middle-class families.”
“I don’t believe in violence against women. But this is what happens, Sean, when you’re in the age of [President Barack] Obama and the age [of ] the liberal progressives,” West told Hannity. “You cannot talk about the issues, they cannot run on any type of record, you cannot talk about the economy, the debt, and deficit.
“So these are the type of attacks against your character, the lies that they put out there,” he added.
West also recalled the attacks from Democrats after he made a speech kicking off his re-election campaign earlier this year, in which he said the growth in the nation's food stamp program was “a new form of enslavement.”
“Of course, everyone on the left went absolutely idiotic and tried to condemn me about bringing up the specter of slavery. You know, it’s . . . hypocrisy,” West said.
He also noted that if Romney’s GOP running mate Paul Ryan had said what Vice President Joe Biden did about Republican policies putting black Americans “back in chains,” the Democrats would have gone “absolutely apoplectic.”
West said he believes the Democrats and the Obama campaign have adopted a strategy to go after “black conservatives” in the Republican Party, including Condoleezza Rice and others because “we intimidate them.”
“They’re afraid of us because there are more of us that are able to stand up on our own and talk about the failures of liberal progressive policies, especially toward the black community,” West said. “They . . . definitely don’t want to have individuals that can stand up on their own.”
West said Democrats are playing the race card because “they want to make sure that they get that large voting electorate out there from the different communities.”
“They look at us as collectives, not as individuals,” he continued. “And you have to understand that this is going to continue to happen. And the president emanating from Chicago, it's all about Chicago-style politics, it's about fear and intimidation, it's about lies and deceit."
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