Allen West’s “81 Communists in House” Comment Mischaracterized

A video was released Wednesday showing Allen West telling a gathering of supporters that there are “about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party.”  Naturally, McCarthyism became the topic of the day.

The Florida Democratic Party released the 27-second video clip, which ended with that comment:

Of course, as they always do, the propagandists segmented the clip:

Tim Edson, Mr. Wests’ campaign head, said the clip “doesn’t show the Congressman’s full remarks where he clearly identified who he was referring to.” His campaign issued its own video in which West says: “No, they actually don’t hide it. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”

It’s like telling a joke without the punchline.  It just doesn’t work.