Allen West: No regrets about accusations about communism

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Allen West said Tuesday that he doesn’t have any regrets about saying last week that as many as 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, an incident that drew harsh criticisms,” the Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery reports. ‘No, I don’t regret it whatsoever,’ West said in response to a reporter asking about his comment. The freshman Republican, who took the question while participating in a panel discussion at conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, then proceeded to double down in his belief about liberal Democrats being communists. ‘I think that if you would take the time to study the political spectrum of ideologies, you’d understand that, at the turn of the century, American communists renamed themselves as progressives,’ he said. ‘If you studied the Woodrow Wilson administration, people referred to the Woodrow Wilson administration as a progressive administration.’

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