Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told The Huffington Post that the incident happened about six months ago but is now fresh in his mind given West's recent comments in support of the fast food chain. [...]
"That was an 'in your face.' Every member of the Congressional Black Caucus that was there was offended," he said.
Asked more specifically why lawmakers were insulted, Hastings said it was because they saw West's actions as making a statement in support of the conservative views held by Chick-fil-A leaders. West is the only Republican member of the caucus.
"He did it deliberately," Hastings said, explaining that he saw West's message as, "You know, 'That's what I think of you all.'"
No one would ever guess that Allen West would show disrespect to his Democratic colleagues. This performance is actually one of his more tame ones, as offensive as it is. The good news is that he has to be reelected. The better news is that we've got an outstanding candidate in Patrick Murphy to challenge him.
Allen West has got to go. And we can help make that happen, by helping Murphy make this a fight. West is a teabagger darling, and will be one of their poster children for fundraising this cycle. Murphy chose to take on the fight against West, when he could have stayed in a friendlier district. But, like the rest of us, he wants to get West out of Congress.
Let's make it happen.