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Rep. Allen West Says Obama Creates ‘Economic Slaves’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama wants to turn Americans into “economic slaves,” Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said during a campaign speech in Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

During his remarks, which included emphasizing the importance of lowering taxes, minimizing regulations on business and bringing jobs back to the Treasure Coast, West slammed President Obama, particularly on jobs.

“Self-esteem comes from doing esteemable things. Sitting at home and getting a check from the government is not going to help your self-esteem. What it will do is make you an economic slave to people living in a far, far, distant place,” West said on Sunday.

“He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of ‘American,’” the congressman said of the president. “He’d rather you be his slave and be economically dependent upon him.”

West also decried the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. “Now we find ourselves in a situation where the tax code of the United States of America is being used as a weapon against the American people,” he said. “It is being used for behavior modification. That is exactly what came from the Supreme Court decision last week.”

The Florida legislator is no stranger to controversy. In April, he stood by his remarks that House Democrats were “communists.” Last summer, he called fellow Floridian Debbie Wasserman Schultz “vile” and “despicable” after she criticized his stance on the debt ceiling, and soon after ignited another controversy when he compared being gay to “liking chocolate chip ice cream.”

West is campaigning for another term in the House – though now in a new district. Following redistricting, West must win over new voters in Florida’s just-drawn district 18. He will face County Sheriff Bob Crowder in the GOP primary on August 14 for a chance at the party’s nomination.

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Rep. Allen West Uninvited from NAACP Fundraiser

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MARTIN COUNTY, Fla.) -- The local NAACP chapter in Rep. Allen West’s South Florida district is distancing itself from its congressman, following West’s accusation earlier this month that 81 House Democrats are Communists.

The Martin County, Fla., branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People revoked their invitation for West to be the keynote speaker at the group’s annual fundraiser last Saturday, instead rescheduling the event, with a new speaker, for September.

“We don’t want to look like we support that statement he made,” the chapter’s President Rev. Jerry Gore told ABC News.

In response to a question at a town hall earlier this month, West said he believes “there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.”

He doubled down on the accusation last week, saying he does not regret the statement “whatsoever.”

Gore said that while he supports many of the things West does as a member of the Congress, as a non-partisan organization, the Martin County branch of the NAACP doesn't "want nothing to do with” West’s “communist” comments.

West’s Chief of Staff Jonathan Blyth said the Congressman saw the rescinded invite as a “missed opportunity.”

Gore said his group has not yet chosen a new keynote speaker for their fundraiser, which will now take place September 15, as the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers first reported.

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