On Tuesday night, The Blaze covered Allen West's no-holds-barred e-mail to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The letter, which was sent following Schultz's House floor criticism of West's stance on Medicare, called the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and congresswoman, "vile, despicable and cowardly" and wrote that she has proven she is "not a lady.” Now, Keith Olbermann is weighing in to defend Schultz with some his less-than-savory commentary about West.
Before reading West's widely distributed letter on his "Countdown" program last night, Olbermann had a snarky cautionary note for viewers:
"Remember, this was written by a congressman -- not a high strung kid who just got off his meds in the 10th grade."
West signed the letter, "Steadfast and loyal" to which Olbermann replied:
"It's unclear to who Mr. West thinks he's 'steadfast and loyal.' It's not to the United States. It's not to democracy. It sure ain't to sanity. Just resign, congressman. You're making a jack*ss out of yourself...again."
Watch Olbermann sound off:
Below, find the entire text of West's controversial e-mail:
From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz
Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!
I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.
You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!
Steadfast and Loyal
Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
The following video shows Schultz's House floor comments that West mentions so fervently in his letter (starts at 00:43):
West's camp doesn't seem to regret sending the e-mail, as officials have defended its contents thus far.