Allen West has received quite a bit of criticism for having said, over the weekend, that President Obama and other Democrats should “get the hell out of the United States of America.” Not much criticism on Fox, of course. Since then, West has backtracked on his comments, claiming he “did not refer to any person leaving.” Even Sean Hannity didn’t seem to buy that baloney - though that didn't stop him from playing a deceptively edited clip to make it seem more plausbile. Instead, he justified the repulsive comments as part of his professional-conservative-victim shtick
In a tease for the segment, Hannity referred to West as his “special guest.” In his introduction to the interview, Hannity undercut West's backtracking by saying he “has come under sharp criticism for comments that he made over the weekend about President Obama and his Democratic allies. Watch this.” Nevertheless, he played a clip of the remarks cleverly edited so as to make West’s backpedalling look more plausible. On Hannity, West was seen saying, “Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe. You can take it to the bottom of the sea. You can take it to the North Pole. But get the hell out of the United States of America.”
But West’s complete statement was:
“We need to let President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and my dear friend chairman of the Democratic National Committee — we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table. Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else… Get the hell out of the United States of America.”
When the clip ended, Hannity said amiably, “Here to explain and talk about the primary, Florida Congressman Allen West. Sir, welcome back to the program. Good to see you.”
Hannity continued, “Just some clarification. You said, ‘Take your message and get the hell out of here.’ Were you talking about them getting out of here or the message getting out of here?” Hannity chuckled in amusement.
“The message,” West said. “Absolutely. And I think that what you see are the liberals understanding that someone called them out… We’ve got to start calling these people out for who they are…”
Rather than dwell on West’s ludicrous “expalanation,” Hannity justified it all because conservatives have been treated so unfairly. It’s his nightly routine – whine about the unfortunate lot of conservatives at the hands of the demon Democrats, use that as justification for any kind of smears and attacks that can be dreamt up – and then further attack his political foes. Jon Stewart nailed him perfectly on this one in a segment called “GOP Special Victims Unit.” It’s worth keeping in mind (and hilarious) so I’ll embed it at the end of this post.
Last night, Hannity’s whine was, “It’s amazing to me because I remember the Bush years. It wasn’t that long ago. We followed a lot of the comments by top Democrats and Al Gore saying that George Bush betrayed his country. I remember Barack Obama, candidate Obama calling Bush ‘unpatriotic’ and other, you know, the war is lost, the surge has failed and all this and here you make these comments and you would think the world never heard a controversial statement from any Democrat ever. What do you make of the double standard?”
West, of course, didn’t miss the chance to double down on his hate mongering. He agreed it was “a double standard” and added, “It’s also duplicitous hypocrisy that is truly laughable. Look, Sean, it is amazing to me that I think that liberals and Democrats expect conservatives to just be punching bags but that day is over. We’re going to stand up. We’re gonna let our voices be heard and we’re gonna fight for this Constitutional Republic which we see being threatened.”
In concert with the meme, FoxNews.com called its video of the segment, "Rep West: It’s a double standard."
Hannity moved on to pimp West’s run for re-election in a new district.
Hannity closed by saying, “Alright, Allen West, Colonel, I know you have a lot of supporters out there. And, they’re emailing me and writing me and I don’t think you have that much trouble in your new district but we’ll be watching that race very closely. Thanks for being with us… Appreciate it.”
My hat off to all who watch KKKlannity,I canât stand looking at him let alone listen to his hate.A moment with him is a descension into hell.
Hahaha! Even the conservatives I know can’t stand him.
You may need to create a new identity.
B. When will these clowns explain what “return to a Constitutional Republic” even means?
Loose Cannons & Motor Mouths in the daily FNC hit show “From Here To Infirmity”.
If Uncle West was white, Hannocchio would be more receptive to his plight.
Uncle West knew exactly what he said and it’s too late to backtrack. The Florida masses in his district need to find a candidate to run against this fraud. We hope he loses badly in his bid for re-election.
As for Hannocchio, he will be too busy trying to save what’s left of his reputation and broadcasting career.
NOTE TO WEST
You and Cain are both minstrels to the GOP.
NOTE TO HANNITY
Checking your ratings on a regular basis won’t save your shows.