“He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning, and having that title of American,” he said. “He’d rather you be his slave.”
WPTV reported that “about 30 protesters held signs and chanted, declaring their distaste for the man speaking inside the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.”
According to the report, the race for the newly drawn district “will be one of the most closely watched races this political season.”
West moved from his old seat in Broward and Palm Beach County to seek the new District 18 seat, but the protesters said they wished he had remained where he was.
“He seems to represent the richest 1 percent of Americans, and he’s forgetting about the 99 percent of us … the rest of us who actually work for a living and try to provide for our families,” protester Jeff Callahan said.
“The Tea Party favorite also advocated for energy independence and told about 500 audience members he wants to rebuild families,” WPTV added.
But WPTV did not report that West also excoriated the recent Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, saying that it gives the federal government power to control the American people using the power to tax.
“I have a great idea,” he said. “I believe that for personal security every American should have to go out and buy a Glock 9 mm and if you don’t do it, we’ll tax you.”
West is facing off against Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder in the primary.
“I am offended by some of the things he says and does,” Crowder said.
Crowder is well known in the area, WPTV added, but West has raised significantly more money, and the sheriff angered many Republicans for supporting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink in 2010.
He also took West to task for calling members of the Progressive Caucus “Communists.”
“I think trying to label some people that he would have to work with in Congress as being Communists … I just think that’s the wrong thing to do,” he said.
Florida voters will make their choice on August 14.