Speaking to conservative radio host Michael Berry, Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that President Obama was intentionally harming the U.S. economy because he was a “marxist” and a “socialist” (video below). West also said that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “needs a debate team” and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was “off the ranch.”
During the interview, Berry asked: “Do you think that President Obama, that the negative result of his policies and the destruction in his wake is inadvertent because he’s inept, or do you think, as some people increasingly believe and as Rush Limbaugh has suggested, that this is intentional?”
Rep. West answered: “It is intentional because this is who the president is. The president is a Marxist because he believes in the separation of classes. We have never heard a president in the United States of America speak as he has. And when you have a national leader, you look throughout history, when you have a national leader that demonizes a certain segment of the society and attacks them, it has never ended up well. Yet, that is what we have. He is a socialist because he believes in nationalizing production.”
Rep. West offered no proof that Obama believes in nationalizing production, or has done so.