On Tuesday The Blaze reported that, in an email to Debbie Wasserman Shultz and other congressional leaders, GOP Congressman Allen West slammed the DNC Chairwoman for being “the most vile, unprofessional and despicable” member of Congress.
The subject line of West’s email reportedly read: “Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz.”
Now, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are reportedly “furious” over West’s incendiary comments. According to a Fox News report on Wednesday, the head of the black caucus even plans to speak with West personally. And later in the day, several female lawmakers held a news conference calling on West to “apologize.”
“His words were nothing more than personal attacks,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said, adding that she hopes House Speaker John Boehner “disavows” West’s remarks. She said it is “very ladylike to speak up for the values that you believe in.”
Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., also released a statement saying she was “shocked” by the “disgraceful” email. ”Instead of engaging constructively in that debate, Representative West chose to resort to unprofessional, vitriolic and offensive personal attacks — shame on him,” she said.
Democrats are also reportedly urging GOP House leaders to condemn West’s comments, though West allegedly told FN his fellow Republicans are just “fine” with his actions.
None of this can be too pleasing for Democrats, who might now feel threatened by the Florida Congressman. Apparently, House Democrats are already on campaign fundraising-mode, reportedly pitching donors to help raise $100,000 towards West’s defeat next fall.
But through it all West is sticking to his guns, telling FN:
“I think it’s important to stake my ground,” West told Fox News on Tuesday. “It was about enough is enough, and it’s my right to say that. She is the one elevating this.”
West also told FN that the 22 years he spent defending his country in the military does not warrant the type of “disrespect” he has suffered from Wasserman Schultz.
Responding to West’s email, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz reportedly wrote:
“I don’t think that Congressman West is upset at the congresswoman, but rather with the fact that she highlighted that he and other Republicans are once again trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, children and the middle class. … The truth hurts.”
West, however, contends Wasserman Schultz’s comments demonstrate a “pattern” of “hate” with the Congresswoman.
“You don’t need to call me out on your time to speak on the floor,” West said. “Focus on what is your plan for the debt ceiling.”
The freshman Congressman also reportedly said that if people want to portray him as “the bad guy” in this debate then “so be it,” but he will “not allow” anyone to “take advantage” of him and the niceness he exhibits.
And paint West as the bad guy, some certainly will. Early on Wednesday The Blaze reported that Keith Olbermann accused West of “making a jack**s out of himself.”
So, were any of West’s comments egregious enough to warrant an apology to Wasserman Schultz? Or does anyone, regardless of title, have the right to defend themselves and speak frankly?