Rep. West: Obama Uses "Marxist Demagogic Rhetoric"

April 22, 2011 1:19 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Appearing on Fox News last night, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) expanded his attack on President Obama by characterizing the president's recent budget speech as "Marxist demagogic rhetoric." Asked by host Greta Van Susteren if saying that the president is a "low-level socialist agitator," who displays a "third world dictator-like arrogance," was helpful, West not only stood by his ugly remarks but reaffirmed them.

WEST: I am sick and tired of this class warfare, this Marxist demagogic rhetoric that is coming out of the mouth of the President of the United States of America. It's 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.


Here is a piece of the president's "Marxist demagogic rhetoric" from his budget speech:

OBAMA: Today, I'm proposing a more balanced approach to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over twelve years. It's an approach that borrows from the recommendations of the bipartisan Fiscal Commission I appointed last year, and builds on the roughly $1 trillion in deficit reduction I already proposed in my 2012 budget. It's an approach that puts every kind of spending on the table, but one that protects the middle class, our promise to seniors, and our investments in the future. 

Doesn't exactly read like the Communist Manifesto, does it?

Later in the interview, West attacked the president for not understanding how to budget, bringing up his own experience balancing his military unit's budget. West failed to mention that he retired after he was reprimanded for literally torturing an Iraqi policeman he wrongly believed to be an insurgent.

West also has a history of charged rhetoric. He's said, for instance, that Obama is "the dumbest person walking around in American right now," argued that America is at war with "all of Islam," and claimed that Democrats are "creating more slaves so that they can have control over them." In other words, Allen West is not someone who should ever be commenting on the rhetoric of others.