Soledad O'Brien and Allen West (CNN)

This morning on Starting Point, CNN's Soledad O'Brien asked Florida Republican Rep. Allen West about his allegations that "78 or 81" members of the House of Representatives were communists, in an exchange that got increasingly heated as O'Brien pushed him to name names. After she read a statement from the vice chairman of the National Communist Party — who would know about such things — saying that West was wrong for calling his colleagues communists, the congressman made it clear that he didn't want to listen to reason, shutting down the conversation with, "I don't care what he says."

O'Brien appeared to be some combination of irritated, entertained and flabbergasted by the interview.

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