Florida Tea Party Congressman Allen West knows racism. Demonizing the Tea Party? Racist. Opposing him for calling a female colleague vile and “not a lady”? Racist. Calling himself a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” trying to help people off the “Democrat plantation”? Not racist.
So it’s not much of a shock to see West weighing in on former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s comments that President Barack Obama is a “food stamp president,” and deciding that nope, there wasn’t any sort of racist implications behind that at all.
“There is no race code. It’s a fact. Since President Obama has been in the Oval Office, you‘ve seen a 41 percent increase in the food stamp recipients in the United States of America..We have a president that’s making more American victims rather than victors.”
West may not be actually endorsing Gingrich, but his remarks send a clear signal to those who might be interested that Gingrich is someone he could support, which could be helpful for Gingrich with the primary at hand. Then again, West isn’t very popular, even among his own constituents.
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