Rep. Allen West lashed out Thursday against what he described as race baiting by Democrats determined to defeat his re-election bid this year and keep Mitt Romney out of the White House.
Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the Florida Republican described a super PAC ad depicting him punching white women as racist because it portrays him as what he characterized as a “stereotypical” violent, black male.
“It has me with a gold tooth. And I think you can see from my smile, I don’t have a gold tooth,” West told Hannity. “I think that that is quite stereotypical. And then of course having me as an African-American male, punching a white senior woman and then another white woman, that is definitely not in concert with the values that I stand for.”
The ad being run by a political action committee in support of his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy goes after West for “voting to end Medicare as we know it,” cutting women’s healthcare, and supporting a GOP budget that “has mauled middle-class families.”
“I don’t believe in violence against women. But this is what happens, Sean, when you’re in the age of [President Barack] Obama and the age [of ] the liberal progressives,” West told Hannity. “You cannot talk about the issues, they cannot run on any type of record, you cannot talk about the economy, the debt, and deficit.
“So these are the type of attacks against your character, the lies that they put out there,” he added.