Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday weighed in on MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ recent claim that mentioning Chicago when discussing President Obama is kinda’-sorta’ racist.

“I don’t think there’s anything you can say,” the congressman told Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich.

“I don’t know if he has gotten off of his medications. I don’t know if the guy has just gone off the rails. You know, if I can’t say the word Chicago … I mean, what? I can’t say Atlanta? I can’t say Dallas? What next? Philadelphia?” Rep. West asked.

Well, based on Matthews’ line of reasoning (or lack thereof), why not?

“You know,” the congressman continued, “we went through this in 2008 when you couldn’t even say the president’s middle name. Then, all of a sudden when he gets inaugurated, I guess we got the permission to say his middle name.”

“If [President Obama] wins again, maybe Chris Matthews will give us the permission to say Chicago again. This is insidious and it just shows the desperation and the fear on the other side,” he added.

Here’s the original claim made by Matthews:

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