Congressman Allen West (R-FL) made a number of notable media appearances over the weekend, and is receiving both praise and condemnation for his comments, depending on your source.
On Fox News with Mike Huckabee, West responded to a recent L.A. Times article that said America's "dirtiest job" is "justifying Allen West."
West calmly responded, with analysis on who the real "racists" are in politics:
“I really feel that it is [demeaning] to me to think that I need some individual to 'justify' me and my existence.
"Look, I went through 22 years being in the military. [I rose] to the rank of Lt. Colonel. I have a bachelor's degree and 2 master's degrees, and for these white liberals to believe they can have this condescending manner toward black conservatives, that we need to have approval from our quote unquote, I guess “masters,” for us to be able to speak — see that’s where the true racism really lies... is with the white liberals who don’t want to see someone such as myself, that broke away from their dependency class, and is out here and able to possibly contend against them with the policies that they are promoting that is destroying the black community.
"I know I’m their #1 target, and it just emboldens me to speak out even stronger. And the heck with them if they think that someone else needs to approve [of] me and what I stand for.” [Emphasis added]
Watch the entire clip, via Fox News, below:
On another Fox News appearance, West reiterated that Obama has gone from "hope and change" to a more divisive and "envious" rhetoric where the administration is trying to separate Americans along gender lines, sexual orientation, and income level.
West also remarked that he does not regret his choice of words at a recent fundraiser, where he reportedly said that Obama doesn't want people to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning the title of "American."
"He'd rather have you be his slave and be economically dependent upon him," West explained.
Watch the entire interview and explanation, via Mediaite, below: