The Company You Keep… Allen West Endorses Joni Ernst

You can tell a lot about a person by the people they associate themselves with. For Joni Ernst, her cavalry just got even more extreme.
Ernst has already credited the Koch brothers with starting her trajectory, said she was “flattered’ to be compared to Sarah Palin, trumpeted Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theory, and now she’s earned the adoration of Allen West, who just cut this spot endorsing her.

In case you’re not familiar with Allen West, here are a couple of lovely quotes that highlight his worldview, though this is just the tip of the iceberg:

  • “When I see anyone with an Obama bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”
  • “So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from that plantation [of the Democratic Party]”
  • On Social Security benefits: “So once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”

Allen West. Sarah Palin. The Koch Brothers. Glenn Beck. Joni Ernst. #TeamExtreme

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Allen West on Bachmann: “I’ll Straighten Her Out”

On August 28, Michele Bachmann told the AP that she was open to drilling for oil and natural gas in Florida’s Everglades. Two days later, freshman Congressman Allen West (R-Florida) shot down her suggestion.

“Michele Bachmann said something that was an incredible faux-pas,” West said. “When I see her next week, I’ll straighten her out about that.

This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, on August 30, 2011.

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