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Published on Apr 12, 2012
Brian Williams reports on Rep. Allen West's (FL-22) false allegation that Democratic members of the House of Representatives are secret communists.
When asked, "What percentage of American legislators do you think are card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists?" Rep. West responded, "That's a good question. I believe it's about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic party that are members of the Communist party."
On the Nightly News, Williams said that, "Rep. West made an allegation that, while false, harkened back to a dark time in American history, when Senator Joe McCarthy became synonymous with a 'Red Scare,' an effort to root out communists, real and imagined, from the U.S. government."
The Congressional Progressive Caucus responded to Rep. West's comments in a statement, "Calling fellow Members of Congress 'communists' is reminiscent of the days when Joe McCarthy divided Americans with name-calling and modern-day witch hunts that don't advance policies to benefit people's lives."