Allen West, a freshman member of the Republican Study Committee, called former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “somewhat delusional” Thursday evening during an interview on Fox News in response to a question from Fox’s Patti Ann Browne.
“You heard Nancy Pelosi saying, look, if it’s good for the country, basically, who cares how we got there?” Browne said. When asked for his response, West didn’t hold back.
“Well, I think that former Speaker Pelosi is somewhat delusional, but also you have to remember that this was the person that said that we have to pass this bill in order to find out what is in this bill,” West said from the Capitol Rotunda.
“There has been a deception against the American people from the onset … the president said that this was not a tax. Now we know it is only constitutional because it is seen as a tax.”
Earlier in the day, after the Supreme Court found the healthcare reform law to be constitutional as a tax, Pelosi, now House minority leader said to reporters “Call it what you will, it is a step forward for America’s families, and you know what? Take yes for an answer.”
West was unimpressed.
“The federal government can say, based upon their own ideological agenda of healthcare, that the American individual citizen must purchase a private sector commodity, and if they don’t they will be taxed.
“If I were to go out and say that every person in the United States of America needs to go out and buy a 9 millimeter Glock or else they will be taxed, I wonder how people such as Nancy Pelosi on the other side of the aisle would react to that.”