Allen West's Runaway-Slave Rhetoric

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart takes the black Republican congressman to task for inflammatory comments made at a recent campaign event.

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The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart takes the black Republican congressman to task for inflammatory comments made at a recent campaign event.

As I wrote in my previous post, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) are rhetorical bomb throwers. But just when you think they have exhausted their ability to offend they come up with another gasp-worthy comment that lowers the bar of political discourse.

Like Walsh, West is a Tea Party freshman up for reelection. Unlike the mouthy Illinois congressman, West faces a primary challenge from a decidedly mild-mannered opponent. So, the shoot-from-the-lip black Republican who last year called himself "a modern-day Harriet Tubman" leading African Americans from what he called the "Democrat Plantation" ramped up the slave imagery at a campaign event on Sunday.

The offending comment hits at 1:14 in the video.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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