At his latest town hall meeting with constituents in Florida, Representative Allen West, a tea party favorite, added several more statements that show how extreme he is and why he is far from being fit to serve in Congress. When activists from CREDO SuperPAC and Seniors Against West presented him with a "pink slip" with a list of reasons why he should be fired from Congress, he read the list aloud, making jokes about letting women die and the legitimate claims against him before tearing up the pink slip.
In the first video here, he jokes about, then rips up "pink slips" delivered to him by protesters. He goes on to joke about his vote for the Let Women Die Act of 2011, making light of legislation that would, if it became law, literally allow hospitals and doctors to opt out of treating -- or even referring to others for care -- women needing emergency abortions to save their lives.
In a second video, West refers to progressive women tracking him as "groupies." When a woman complains about the derogatory term, one of West's supporters suggests she doesn't have a sense of humor.
Earlier in the town hall meeting, West defended his abuse of an Iraqi prisoner, suggesting he would do the same thing again. He goes on to say that people shouldn't talk about his past conduct, and says instead: “Let’s talk about the president doing blow and smoking dope.”
West also refused to answer a question about why he voted to cut Medicare benefits:
When Rep. Allen West was questioned by a CREDO SuperPAC organizer on his vote to cut preventive Medicare benefits for 125,000 seniors in his own district, West responded by asking, “What’s CREDO’s plan” and asserting that CREDO activists, “only come here to run your mouth off.” To answer Allen West’s question, CREDO SuperPAC’s plan is to save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by defeating Tea Party extremists like Rep. Allen West in the November Election. CREDO SuperPAC is working with “Seniors Against West” and other constituents who oppose his votes to dismantle the social safety net, and destroy other programs seniors depend on.
Florida Watch Action, the group behind the Pink Slip Rick and Pink Slip Mitt campaigns in Florida, helped with the pink slip flyer for the action: