Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) took serious issue with President Barack Obama’s Friday comments about the death of Trayvon Martin, calling the impromptu speech “absolutely horrific,” on Monday, according to The Huffington Post.
Rep. West told Newsmax, "I don’t recall being followed in malls or shopping centers. I don’t recall car doors clicking locked when I walked across the street, And I definitely have not had women clutching their handbags and purses when I got on the elevator. I believe it comes back to being a respectful young man and maybe that's something that was missing out of President Obama and Trayvon Martin's life. But to try to play this and try to make it a personal experience, this was just absolutely horrific."
Pres. Obama said Monday:
“There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me -- at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.”
In March, Rep. West criticized the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case, calling it an “outrage,” and insisting race wasn’t a factor.
“From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him….against the direction of the 911 responder,” he said. “Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.”