Facing a backlash of criticism, Tea Party hero Rep. Allen West (R-FL) remains defiant saying he won’t apologize to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) for his disparaging email in which he called her “vile, unprofessional, and despicable” and “not a lady.” West also told her to, “shut the heck up.”
After refusing to apologize on Fox Business Netowrk, he does blame his lack of civility and decorum on something other than himself — and it’s not the English language or a lack thereof.
It’s the military’s fault. West, a veteran who was discharged for abusing an Iraqi said, “there are certain ways we talk in the military. I guess I haven’t learned the DC-insider talk.” West added, an apology is “not happening.” I guess they don’t do that in the military either, even while they’re discharging you for abusive behavior.
“This is something, once again, the Democrat Party, they put my Social Security number and my wife’s employment identification number in a mail piece,” he said. “This has just been an ongoing thing. I have been called Uncle Tom, a sell-out Oreo. It’s not about Allen West. And so once again, it’s very interesting to me that we continually allow liberals to do whatever they want and attack conservatives, but all of the sudden when a conservative stands up and says enough then people all want to sit back, especially liberals, and play victim. She’s not a victim. She’s been attacking Allen West for quite some time.”
She never called this man any of those inappropriate names. Republicans are trying shift any racism in their party onto Democrats lately, as if they grew weary of the burden of their own past exhibited at Tea Party and Palin rallies, where racism was prevalent. Instead of apologizing, they deflect — and so does West, as if to appease his party or ignore it altogether.
West has consistently distanced himself from any semblance of etiquette in the past; recently he stated, “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.” The military’s fault again?
This is reminiscent of the highly Breitbarted video of Shirley Sherrod. Andrew Breitbart never apologized either. He must have been in the military too.
A big thank you to David at Crooks and Liars