Lib meltdown alert.

Via The Hill:

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he’s heard that almost half of all the Democrats in Congress are secretly part of the Communist Party.

He offered no names or proof of his accusation.

West told almost 100 Floridians in Palm City on Tuesday that “he’s heard” as many as 80 Democrats in Congress are members of the Communist Party, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The freshman Republican, an outspoken conservative and Tea Party favorite, is a longtime critic of the Democratic Party.

At the same event, he charged that President Obama was “scared” to meet with him.

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Update: An attempted hatchet job by Palm Beach Post reporter Jonathan Mattise, who edited out the second half of West’s comment where he specifically said he was referring to the CPC. You can see the full video here, the edited one Mattise used is here. If you have a second, contact the paper’s managing editor Mike Canan.

(Daily Caller) — During a Tuesday town hall meeting with constituents, Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said that 80 or so Democratic congressmen are “members of the Communist Party.”

However, his campaign manager, Tim Edson, told The Daily Caller that West’s full remarks make clear that he was making a jab at the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and not making an outlandish, McCarthyesque allegation.

The comments were first reported by the Palm Beach Post, and have been widely reprinted.

“I believe there are about 78 or 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party,” West said in response to a question at the event. After a dramatic pause, he added, “it’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”

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