April 10, 2012 – Representative Allen West (R-FL), during a town hall in Jensen Beach, responds to the question “What percentage of the American legislature do you believe are card carrying Marxists, [unintelligible]?” He says that he believes “78-81 members of the Democrat Party are members of the Communist Party.”
Sympathizers? Yeah, probably. Actual members of the Communist Party? I don’t think so.
UPDATE: In the comments below, Lerxst provides a link to the unedited video. It is evident from that video that West was telling a joke. He said that 78-81 members of the Democrat Party are members of the Communist Party and then, after a comedic pause, he said, “it’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
In other words, he isn’t claiming there are any actual members of the Communist Party in Congress but that being a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the same as being a member of the Communist Party. It was a joke.
Hat tip to Lerxst for the heads up.