Days after an interview with Fox News in which Rep. Allen West equated Social Security disability to a form of slavery, the Florida Republican continued to defend his comments and blast the media.
In a July 8 television appearance on Fox and Friends, West criticized President Obama’s policies, particularly those helping the unemployed. West said such policies pit the working class against the unemployed and disabled.
“So once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery,” West said.
After the interview, media coverage centered around West’s use of the word “slavery”. West defended his comments, saying the outrage was the “liberal” media attacking him.
“Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form of slavery is absolutely false,” West wrote in a post on Facebook. “It seems that there is absolutely no level the attack machine will sink to deliberately distort my comments.”
West went further and clarified his comments, saying that he didn’t want the country to support the creation of an entitlement class.
“What the liberal media machine wants to hide from you, and distort with my comments, is that the policies of President Barack Obama are making our nation a nation based on economic dependency and I call this a form of modern 21st Century slavery,” West continued. “Let’s get the facts straight.”