In online messages, West—who was a highly decorated Army combat vet—seemed ready to declare war on those who've been attempting to intimidate his wife by "stalking" her, showing up at her office uninvited, and sending letters to her company.
West's advice: End it.
"This is not a threat, it is a promise that if Angela calls and tells me of one more incident, you will face me, the side of me you do not want to see."
Here's West's full Facebook post on the matter, which has received more than 25,000 "likes" and counting since it went live around noon today:
West laid down the law on Twitter as well:
In response, a student filed a complaint with FAU police against West, claiming his online warnings made her feel "in danger." Stephanie Rosendorf of the Florida College Democrats wrote the complaint, according to Raw Story. In it she stated:
As students, we deserve to feel safe exercising our First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble and express our grievances with the University. These days you never know if a threat on social media is to be taken lightly, and in this case it certainly should not be. Allen West is making me feel in danger at school.
In an email exchange, Rosendorf also told Raw Story that she fears some of West’s followers might react violently:
As a student at FAU and a member of the community, I felt shocked and threatened to see Allen West’s comments. We as students should be able to exercise our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble without fear of violent retaliation from Allen West or any of his like-minded followers. I urge the University to take extra steps to ensure that Allen West is not allowed on or near our campus.
Students have been protesting the board over a $6 million stadium-naming deal with private prison operator GEO Group. Angela Graham-West offered her view of the issue to New Times Broward Palm Beach:
What is it called when you make someone feel afraid for their life? It's called assault. Attempting to assault somebody through intimidation. After that happened, [discussions] were off the table. Stalking, intimidation, all that -- it takes logical arguments off the table.
If reactions to West's defense of his better half are any indication, those who've been doing the alleged dirty work won't get a seat at theirs any time soon:
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