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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Grills Rep. Allen West Over Communists Allegation: ‘Name Names For Me’

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>by Soledad O’Brien |Huff Post Media |Posted: 04/19/2012 10:32 am Updated: 04/20/2012 11:58 am |[Watch the video below on: Rep. Allen West (R-FL) responds to criticism after he claimed a number of Democratic reps in Congress are Communists. Constitutional Republic...Are you kidding me! Gbismarc!]

Soledad O’Brien harshly challenged Rep. Allen West over his claim that some Democrats in Congress are Communists on Thursday’s “Starting Point,” even laughing at the assertion.

West alleged that up to 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party last week. On Thursday, O’Brien replayed the clip and asked West to explain the remark.

He clarified that he had been referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and said that there is a “thin line of separation” between Communists and progressives.

O’Brien appeared skeptical. Smiling, the CNN host asked him to “name names” for her. West demurred, telling her that she could look up the members of the caucus.

She began to read their names off a sheet of paper, and asked West if he really thought that they were Communists. “Judy Chu is a Communist?” she asked incredulously.

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“You can call it whatever you want,” he said.

“But I wanna know what you’re calling it,” she returned.

West argued that he made the claim based on their ideologies, and that there was a “true debate” between those who want “a bureaucratic nanny state” and “a constitutional republic” in America.

O’Brien was unconvinced. Later, she said laughingly, “We’ll see if your colleagues like being called Communists.”

Rep. West avoids naming Communist reps

Video Rep West |Added on April 19, 2012 |

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) responds to criticism after he claimed a number of Democratic reps in Congress are Communists.

>By  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/19/2012 | WP |

[notice]Soledad O’Brien satirizes Allen West[/notice]

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien doesn’t sign off from the segment above by saying “Good night, and good luck,” in part because she works the morning shift. But there is something Edward R. Murrovian in how she vacates the communist-conspiracy nonsense of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).

O’Brien replayed West’s videotaped contention that there are “between 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the communist party.” To the question of whether we’re talking here about “card-carrying” communists, West went all pedantic on his CNN audience, claiming he’s had to provide a “tutorial” to the ignorant on something that he calls “the political spectrum of ideologies.” The skinny: West believes U.S. communists have re-branded themselves as “progressives,” and he says there’s a whole hive of them hiding under the banner of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Then comes the good stuff (see 3:31 in the clip above). O’Brien asks West to start naming names. He demurs and blathers on about this and that. O’Brien makes the executive decision not to listen to him, opting instead to pose some fun-poking questions as the congressman continues to pontificate: “So Keith Ellison is a communist? Raul Grijalva is a communist? Tammy Baldwin is a communist? Judy Chu is a communist?” West never recovers.

When Murrow’s people in 1954 were preparing a show exposing the red-baiting tactics of Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a top staffer asked if anyone “on the staff had anything to hide,” according to Bob Edwardss’ book “Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism.” Murrow himself remarked, “The terror is right here in this room.” For CNN staffers today, replace “terror” with “humor.”


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Our system of government was never intended to be a democracy. Although many believe that we live in one, they have never been asked to vote on the decisions made by said government. Yet they believe that they are empowered just the same. We are not.

>by Gbismarc |April 21, 2012 5:26:14 AM|

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Really? These words are twisted, you are being brainwashed and the Constitution is a parchment signed by Ole White Men that took this country from the Indigenous people! This video is a propaganda tool by the Right-wing to promote their agenda of this so called Constitutional Republic (Tea Party Propaganda)!

The Constitution was not designed to never change,  it’s not the Ten Commandment and Jesus did not ride on an elephant; it’s a guide, a blueprint subject to change! And, back then the signing of the Constitution did not include the Minority population…they were slaves with no rights! This video was developed by haters to brainwash you into thinking a certain way! You as Americans need to think for yourself. However, I will say in today’s climate and Right-wing tweets on the DLU websites, they’re all about their hatred towards Obama and not his policies. So, you can only conclude that it’s #Racism! So many people are going against their self-interest that they don’t realize it! It’s like #YouMustBeRacist to be #GOP! What do you think?

They are haters of Women Rights, Human Rights, Gay Rights, Civil Rights, just to name a few! What the Hell do these people like…Ole man in high places, corporations and money? We need to seriously change our mindsets in America! If you vote for #GOP you are Anti-American plain and simple! America was not built on the backs of the Constitution, it was built from on the backs of hard working people/Immigrants…the same Immigrant that you now – hate! You should be ashamed of yourself! The constitution can be change and amended too…to reflex the every changing America! The Constitution did not include Minorities in the signing of it! Remember that! And in watching this video it only reinforces my feeling about the Republican Party and the steps they will take to persuade you into thinking that they (The Republican Party) are the savior of this nation (Indigenous terms)/country! Gbismarc!

¿Realmente? Estas palabras se retuercen, está siendo lavado el cerebro y la Constitución es un pergamino firmado por Ole blanco hombres que tuvo este país desde los pueblos indígenas! Este video es una herramienta de propaganda por el ala derecha para promover su agenda de esta llamada República Constitucional (Propaganda de Tea Party)!

La Constitución no fue diseñada para nunca cambiar, que no los diez mandamiento y Jesús no montar en un elefante; es una guía, un plan sujeto a cambios! Y, en ese entonces la firma de la Constitución no incluye la population…they de minoría eran esclavos sin derechos! Este video fue desarrollado por haters a lavarle te en pensando en cierta forma! Como estadounidenses, necesita pensar por sí mismo. Sin embargo, se dicen en clima y derechas de hoy tweets en los sitios Web DLU, son todos acerca de su odio hacia Obama y no sus políticas. Por lo tanto, sólo puede concluir que es #Racism! Tanta gente va contra sus propios intereses que no se dan cuenta lo! Tiene…¡ Es como #YouMustBeRacist que #GOP! ¿Qué te parece?

Son haters de mujeres derechos, derechos humanos, derechos Gay, Civil, sólo por nombrar unos pocos! Qué diablos como estas personas…¿OLE hombre en lugares de alto, las corporaciones y el dinero? Necesitamos seriamente cambiar nuestra mentalidad en América! Si votar por #GOP es simple y llano antiestadounidense! América no fue construida sobre las espaldas de la Constitución, fue construido desde sobre las espaldas de duro trabajo people/Immigrants…the mismo inmigrante que ahora – de odio! Usted debería avergonzarse de usted! La Constitución puede ser cambio y modificado demasiado… a reflejo la cada cambio América! La Constitución no incluye a las minorías en la firma de ella! Recuerde! Y en viendo este video sólo refuerza mi sentimiento acerca del Partido Republicano y los pasos que llevará a persuadir a pensar que (el Partido Republicano) son el Salvador de esta nación (términos indígenas) / país! Gbismarc!


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