Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) recently told constituents at a town hall meeting that some 80 House Democrats were card-carrying members of the Communist Party, and he has insistently stuck to those accusations, which even the actual National Communist Party itself has refuted. As a result, there's at least one organization that no longer deems the conservative congressman an appropriate speaker, let alone a card carrier: the NAACP.
From the Huffington Post:
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was supposed to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for his district chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this past Saturday. But days before the event, the group canceled the gathering and asked West not to come back when they rescheduled. Why?
"There's a certain statement he made about Communists," Jerry Gore, president of the Martin County NAACP, told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. "That statement alone … we do not represent that type of atmosphere."
The NAACP chapter is rescheduling its banquet for Sept. 15, with a new keynote speaker. Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that a spokesman for West said he "understood" why the organization didn't want West to speak anymore.
Read more at the Huffington Post.