Allen West Decries "Reprehensible" Ad Attack

The Republican says Black activists should be outraged, too.

Posted: 08/10/2012 02:40 PM EDT

Rep. Allen West is typically at the giving end of outrageous remarks, and at least in this session of Congress, he probably holds the record for making eyebrows rise. But now that he's the target of a controversial ad released by American Sunrise PAC that backs and is funded in part by the father of his general election opponent, Patrick Murphy, the former military man is all up in arms.


"Fighter" is indeed pretty rough stuff and caricatures the Black Republican donning red boxing gloves that he uses to punch an elderly white woman in the face and grabbing cash from a middle-class African-American family.

“West has socked it to seniors, voting to end Medicare as we know it,” the narrator says. “He’s whacked women, with his votes for huge cuts in women’s health care funding.”

West, who in a statement denounced the ad as "reprehensible" and "classless," punched back in an interview on Fox News on Friday, during which he commented on the lack of outrage from African-American civil rights activists.

"On the left they believe that when you look at Black conservatives, especially, they feel that they have an open game,” West said. “You know, where’s the outrage from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the NAACP about this? They’re not going to say anything because they’re nothing but an effective wing of the Democrat Party whatsoever and they have effectively kept them well placed so that they can continue to make sure that they have a Black electorate voting bloc.”

West also said that if a conservative PAC or the Republican Party ran an ad featuring a Black Democratic lawmaker punching white women, the liberal media would "go apoplectic." He added that a double standard is applied to conservatives and similar tactics have been used against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in an ad.

"There's lying. There's cheating. There's everything they can possibly do to continue to get this election to sway on their side," West said.


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(Photo: American Sunrise PAC)


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