Love this guy.

( — Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) defended his comments about some members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, in their ideology and policy, being communist when asked about the topic on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Monday.

Back on Apr. 11 at a town hall event in Florida, West was asked how many members of the “American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or internationalists —? And West said, “I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party — it’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” […]

Rep. West said: “Well, it’s not about me trying to identify any individuals. I’m talking about principles of governance and philosophy. If you understand, when you say ‘progressives,’ that is directly related back to the term or the label ‘communist’ at the turn of the century — that was a change in marketing, if you want to call it that.”

“But let me ask you the question that you have to come to understand,” said West, “What do you call individuals that would vote against this country having a balanced budget amendment but yet out of their caucus would promote a constitutional amendment that would redistribute wealth in the United States of America? I think that is against our fundamental and foundational values and principles that we have here in this country. So, I’d be happy to have this discussion about ideologies any day with you. Come on down here to Washington, D.C., and also there’s a couple videos of me a pretty good historical explanation over about 4 or 5 minutes on that.”